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Babotie (Pronounced Ba Boo Tee)

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Its a recipe from the Colonial Days in south africa (cape Malay/Dutch)


Serves: 4

  • 1 ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 sliced onions
  • 1 slice white, thick sliced bread
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon mild curry powder
  • 1½ tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1½ tablespoons white vinegar
  • ½ cup seedless raisins
  • 2 tablespoons strong chutney
  • 2 leaves bay leaves (or lemon leaves)
  • 2 medium eggs


Babotie (Pronounced Ba Boo Tee) is a community recipe submitted by Cubis and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

To make Babotie,

  • first preheat the oven to about 180 C Heat the oil in a saucepan adds the onions and cook until soft. Add your ground beef and cook through.
  • During this time, soak your bread in the milk, remove excess milk (not all of it) and then mash the bread with the fork. Keep the milk as you will need it later.
  • Add your bread, curry powder, sugar, salt, pepper, turmeric, vinegar, raisins, chutney to the beef mixture and cook for a few minutes. Be careful, because of the bread it can easily burn.
  • Once cooked, spoon the mixture into a baking dish, and place the bay leaves on top. Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes.
  • Meanwhile beat the eggs into the milk mixture and then carefully pour over the beef mixture about 25 minutes before the end of the baking time, this will form a lovely crust on the top.
  • Serve the Babotie with steamed yellow rice, sliced bananas and extra chutney.
  • Additional Information

    Make sure to watch your babotie carefully during the last 15 minutes of cooking. Depending on the size of your dish it may start to burn on the sides.

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