So I found a new show to follow. I know I will be running through it fairly quickly because of the short episodes (and having a 4 day weekend during the holy week). That means I am watching it faster than I am able to cook. Of course, I can always go back to the recipes in the shows, but then, it’s not as fun as watching it and cooking it immediately, like I did with this bobotie.

All the spices into a paste
All the spices into a paste

So what is bobotie? It is what I call a dry curry. Originally from South Africa, I already had a clear idea of how it will taste upon watching it, and reading the list of ingredients. It is usually made of lamb or beef, but I decided to use pork because this is the only one ingredient that I have. I followed the steps mostly, and it was as good as I expected it to taste. Curry, like the Indian style, but dry. I don’t even remember what they paired it with on the show, but it looked really good (the main reason I decided to make it too).

Putting in the ground meat
Putting in the ground meat

Admittedly, I have been laying of the red meat, wanting to lighten up my consumption of beef and pork. But this was easily good. And having added some secret vegetables not in the recipe, I am hoping that it amps up the health factor off the dish. But I did skip the sultanas, or raisins, so I guess that just events it out.

I used these link as guide in making the dish. But I omitted some and added some. So my recipe is below.

Ground meat all ready to be topped
Ground meat all ready to be topped

Bobotie Recipe

Spice mix:

1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon chili flakes (or as preferred)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric (about a thumbful if using fresh)
5 cloves garlic
2 thumbs of ginger

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 onion, dicedc
1/2 kilo ground pork
1 carrot, minced
2 slices of old bread, torn and soaked in milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup cream

First, roast all the dried spices from the spice mix ingredients. You can easily substitute curry powder for this, but freshly ground spices always tastes better. Put in a mortar and pestle or food processor, and make a paste out of all the ingredients, including the garlic and ginger. Set aside.

In a hot pan put some oil, about 2 to 4 tablespoons, pop the mustard seeds until it smells nutty.  Saute the onion until softened, and add the spice mix and let it roast all together. Add the meat and carrot and let this cook through, mixing the meat so it breaks down and gets properly flavored with the spices. Adjust seasoning once it is cooked, I had to add tons of salt to mine because it was flavorful, but bland. Add in the soaked bread and make sure it is properly incorporated in the dish.

With the egg
With the egg

In a bowl, beat the eggs and cream together and pour over the meat. I just covered my dish and let the egg cook on the stove top. Others prefer to bake the dish. 🙂 Serve.


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