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Recipe of the Quarter: Baboetie



  • 4 slices stale bread
  • 4 tblsp sunflower oil
  • 2 onions thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tblsp curry powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 2 pounds lean hamburger
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tblsp hot water
  • 4 tblsp lemon juice
  • 4 tblsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup chutney
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 bay leaves


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Soak bread in water for 10 minutes. Squeeze dry.

Heat oil in large frying pan. Fry onions until golden (5-10 minutes)

Add cloves, garlic, salt, curry powder, tumeric and fry on low for about 5 minutes

Mix raw hamburger with eggs, hot water, lemon, and sugar in a large bowl

Add raisins, chutney, onions and spice mixture

Combine and press into well greased oven proof dish

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes until golden brown

Remove from oven. Beat egg and milk well and pour over meat. Arrange bay leaves on top.

Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees, or until set

Serve with plain or saffron rice. Offer garnishes such as chopped almonds browned in a bit of butter, raisins, coconut, and chutney in bowls at table.

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