Curry mince is one of my favourite oven meals. Boboti not only does taste delicious because it is so well spiced, but also because it makes the best leftovers. We enjoy it for days afters it been made, which makes it a good dish to take on long drives or camp trips because it pairs so well with rice, bread, wraps or a salad.
There is great speculation about where Boboto (or Babootie) originated from. Some say that it originated in Malaysian and others say it is a combination of the settlers in South African from various parts of the world. I am not sure, but since there were so many settlers in South African from different parts of the world, the latter would seem very likely although both schools of thought are valid.
Tools You May Need
Oven dish (9 x 3 inch worked well)
Mixing cups, spoons (or a volume scale)
Bowls for mixing (1 medium and 1 large)
You will need the following ingredients to make this Boboti recipe:
A bread slice (sourdough is the best!)
Minced beef (ground beef or pork)
Boboti pairs nicely with yellow rice. You will need these ingredients to make the yellow rice:
Directions to Make Boboti
Start by measuring the milk into a jug and adding the bread slice to soak.
After several minutes, squeeze the bread dry and add it to the large mixing bowl.
Add the bread to your large mixing bowl, and reserve the milk for later.
Dice the onion finely on a chopping board.
Mix together the bread, beef, onions raisins, jam, chutney, lemon juice, curry powder, turmeric and salt in the large bowl.
Heat your oil in a large pot and begin to brown the meat.
Once the meat is lightly browned, pour all into the oven dish and flatten it slightly with your spoon until the oven dish is nicely filled.
Whisk eggs into the reserved milk until incorporated.
Pour the milk and eggs over the meat. It should flow nicely into the meat and fill all the crevices.
Top the meat with several bay leaves.
Bake in the oven uncovered for 40-50 minutes at 350°F (180°C) until the top is lightly browned.
Serve with yellow rice and salad.
How to Cook Yellow Rice
Measure enough water into pot as per package directions.
Add the turmeric and star anise to water and bring to a boil.
Add the rice and cook it until soft (but not mushy).
Serve the yellow rice with your Boboti curry mince.
South African Curry: Boboti
Print the recipe for South African Boboti and yellow rice below. If you try this recipe, please return and give it a review, we would love to know it turned out!
South African Boboti and Yellow Rice
- 1 Oven Dish 9 x 3 inch worked well
- Mixing Cups and Spoons or volume scale
- 2 Mixing bowls 1 medium and 1 large
- 1 Mixing jug
- 1 Large pot
- Wooden spoon
- 1 Bread Slice Sourdough is the best!
- 1 cup Milk 250ml
- 1 kg Minced Beef 2.2 lbs
- 1 Onion Finely chopped
- 1/2 cup Raisins 125ml
- 2 tbsp Apricot Jam 30ml
- 2 tbsp Fruit Chutney 30ml
- 3 tbsp Lemon Juice 45ml
- 2 tbsp Curry 30ml
- 2 tsp Turmeric 10ml
- 2 tsp Salt 10ml
- 1 tbsp Oil 15ml
- 3 Eggs
- 6 Bay Leaves
- 2 cups Water
- 1 tsp Turmeric
- 1 Star Anise
- 1 cup Rice
- Measure milk in jug and add the bread slice to soak
- After several minutes, squeeze the bread dry and add it to the large mixing bowl
- Reserve the milk for later
- Dice the onion fine
- Mix together the bread, beef, onions raisins, jam, chutney, lemon juice, curry powder, turmeric and salt
- Heat the oil in a large pot and begin to brown the meat
- Once the meat is browned, pour it into the oven dish and flatten slightly
- Whisk eggs into the milk until incorporated
- Pour milk and eggs over the meat
- Top with bay leaves
- Bake for 40-50 minutes at 350°F (180°C)
- Measure water into pot as per package directions
- Add turmeric and star anise to water and bring to a boil
- Add rice and cook until soft (but not mushy)
- Serve with Boboti curry mince
More of our Dinner Meals:
- Cottage Pie
- Pot Roast
- Lasagna (takes a little longer but can be quick if you have pre-made mince)
- Beef Heart and Liver Stew
Other good recipes of Boboti
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