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Recipe 2 from MY RAINBOW NATION COLLECTION OF RECIPES .

You cannot get much more typically South African than Bobotie and rice, maybe milktart or koeksisters but those are posts to come in the next few weeks. Of Malay origin, this traditional Cape dish is prepared with minced/ground meat and curried spices, topped with an egg sauce and baked. It is often served with yellow rice with raisins (recipe below). This is a truly delicious South African recipe. Everybody who tries it begs for the recipe. For any vegetarians out there, you can simply replace the beef with lentils and you have a superb vegetarian bobotie.

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Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 slices white bread, crusts removed, cut into small pieces
60 ml / 1/4 cup whole milk
60 g / 4 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed (optional)
500 g / 1 pound lean minced beef
1/3 cup seedless raisins
1/4 cup flaked almonds
4 to 6 soaked dried apricots, diced
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon curry powder (depends on your spice level preference)
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons fruit chutney
1/2 teaspoon salt & freshly ground black pepper
TOPPING:
1 egg, lightly beaten
125 ml / 1/2 cup whole milk

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 160 C / 325 F
Soak bread in the milk
Melt the butter in a medium-sized, heavy frying pan
Add the onions and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until soft
Add garlic, if using
Squeeze the excess milk from the bread and discard
Add the bread, beef, raisins, almonds, apricots, lemon juice, curry powder, chutney, turmeric, salt and pepper
Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly
Transfer to a buttered, shallow casserole dish (pyrex works great)
In a small bowl, beat the egg and milk
Pour over the meat mixture
Bake, uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes until topping sets
Enjoy!

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YELLOW RICE WITH RAISINS

Ingredients:

500 ml / 2 cups white rice
2 cinnamon pods
3 cardamon pods
5ml / 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 litre water
salt
250 ml / 1 cup seedless raisins
30 g / 2 tablespoons butter
pinch of sugar

Preparation:

Place the rice, cinnamon, cardamon pods, turmeric and water in a saucepan
Add the salt and bring to the boil
Turn down the heat and cook the rice until tender
Pour into a colander
Return to the saucepan
Add raisins, butter and sugar and steam over low heat until warmed through
Enjoy!

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