Bobotie is a tradtional South African dish, it first appeared in a dutch cookbook in 1609. It is thought that this spicy flavourful mince dish may have originated from Indonesia. It is also one of those dishes that reflects the history of South Africa that melt together to create what we now know as South African cuisine
The origins of the name are not clear, although ‘bobotok’ was an Indonesian dish consisting of meat with a custard topping that was cooked in a pan of water until the egg mixture set.
Bobotie is a Cape-Malay creation, spiced it up with cumin, coriander and cloves, which was influenced from the Dutch who brought ground meat to the local cuisine in 1652.
The spices were introduced by the slaves from Indonesia during the 17th century and the presentation is reminiscent of English shepherd’s pie as we know it today.
So this is Amakhosi take on our traditional Bobotie! Enjoy
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