South African Bobotie


500g lean minced beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 cm fresh ginger, grated
25g Butter
2 tsp Garam Masala 
½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander 
2 cloves 
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
50g dried apricots, chopped
25g almonds, flaked
50g yellow raisins
3 tbsp mango chutney – usually made with apricot chutney, I had mango on hand
handful parsley, chopped
4 bay leaves
250 ml milk
3 Large eggs



  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly butter an ovenproof dish or individuals bowls

  2. Heat the butter in a saucepan and sauté the onions until soft. Set aside.

  3. In a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat fry the ground beef, without any oil, until golden brown. Remove from the heat and add the onions.

  4. Mix in all the other ingredients – spices, herbs, dried fruit, nuts and chutney - except the milk and eggs. Stir to mix everything well and put into ovenproof bowls or a large ovenproof dish. Press the mixture down with the back of a spoon to even the mixture out.

  5. Lightly beat milk and eggs together, then pour over the mince mixture. Bake for 20–25 minutes for small individual boboties and 30–40 minutes for a large one. The topping should be set and golden brown.