Bobotie with avo salsa

More South-African than bobotie, you’ll struggle to find. This recipe has a few twists – the topping has a coconut flavour and the synergy between this, the spicy mince mixture, dried fruit and avo and guacamole salsa is one you’ll definitely make again.

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 thick slices wholewheat bread
  • 250 ml (1 cup) boiling water or Rooibos tea
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) Westfalia Plain Avocado Oil (or ½ Plain and ½ Chilli of Garlic-Flavoured Oil)
  • 1 kg lean beef or ostrich mince
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) finely grated ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 15-20 ml (4 tsp) mild curry powder
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) each dried mixed herbs, ground cumin and coriander
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) each ground turmeric
  • 4-6 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) garam masala
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) apricot jam
  • 125 ml (½ cup) raisins or Turkish apricots, quartered
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 250 ml (1 cup) coconut milk or buttermilk
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 60 ml ( ¼ cup) coconut shavings
Salsa
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • ½ x 200 g tub Westfalia Plain Guacamole
  • 5 soft dried peaches or Turkish apricots or 1 fresh peach or mango, cubed
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) slivered almonds, toasted
  • 60 ml ( ¼ cup) coconut shavings, toasted
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) Westfalia Plain or Lemon-Flavoured Avocado Oil
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) chopped fresh coriander

Method:

  1. Place bread in a shallow dish and cover with boiling water or tea. Allow to soak.
  2. Heat oil in a large frying pan and fry mince in batches until golden. Spoon out.
  3. Add onions, garlic and ginger and sauté for a few minutes. Add spices and dried herbs and fry until aromatic.
  4. Add mince, bread and jam and simmer for 20 minutes. Add raisins or apricots and lemon juice and season to taste. Spoon into an oven dish. Preheat the oven to 180 ˚C.
  5. Mix eggs, coconut milk and desiccated coconut and season to taste. Pour over the meat mixture and place bay leaves on top. Sprinkle with coconut shavings and bake for 20 minutes or until the topping has set.
  6. Salsa: Meanwhile mix all the salsa ingredients and season to taste. Serve salsa with bobotie. Yellow rice or basmati rice is also delicious with bobotie.

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