South African Curried Beef Casserole with Yellow Rice – Bobotie with Geelrys

Bobotie is a very old South African dish with probable origins in Indonesia or Malaysia. This is a mild spicy beef casserole with egg custard on top, goes great with special yellow rice – geelrys, mango chutney and sliced bananas. I found in Chasing Delicious Blog, that it’s great with plain tomato and onion salad, so I made it to side. I adapt plain bobotie recipe from Whats4Eats. Very tasty and balanced food.

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Yield: 4 servings

1/2 medium onions, chopped
1 lb. ground beef or lamb (I used lean beef)
1 slice of white bread
1/4 cup of milk
2 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup raisins (I used currants)
1/4 cup toasted, slivered almonds (not used)
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. turmeric
salt and pepper
5 bay or lemon leaves
2 eggs (I used egg substitute)

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Heat a large skillet over medium heat, spray with cooking spray. Add  onions and sauté about 2-3 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up the meat into smaller chunks, until it is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, drain the grease from the meat.

Put the bread and milk in a bowl and soak for 5 minutes. Remove the bread and squeeze it dry, adding squeezed milk back into the bowl.

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Add the soaked bread, lemon juice, raisins, sugar, curry powder, turmeric, salt and pepper to the bowl with the cooked meat and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings. The meat should have a sweet-sour flavor. Mango chutney and more egg can be added into meat mixture.

Pour the meat mixture into a greased casserole dish, but do not press it, it’s need to be fluffy. Lay the bay leaves over the meat in a decorative pattern and press down lightly to make them stick. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes.

Beat the eggs with the reserved bread-soaking milk. Pour the egg-milk mixture over the top of the meat and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until the custard is set and lightly browned.

Remove from the oven and serve hot with geelrys, bananas and mango chutney.

1 serving is about 235 calories

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For Geelrys:

Yield: 4 servings

2 cups water
1 cup long-grain rice
1/3 tsp. turmeric
cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. butter
salt and pepper
1/4 cup raisins (I omit this)

Add the water to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add rice, cinnamon stick, ground cinnamon, turmeric, sugar, butter, salt and pepper and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover tightly and simmer for 15 minutes. Add raisins, remove from heat and set aside, covered, for another 5-10 minutes. Discard cinnamon stick, fluff with a fork and serve hot.

1 serving is about 130 calories

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Uie & Tamatie Condiment

Yield: 4 servings

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 Vidalia onion, finely chopped
1 big heirloom yellow tomato, chopped
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. brown sugar
salt & pepper to taste

Put the chopped tomato and onion in a bowl. Mix together the vinegar, brown sugar, salt, pepper and oregano. Add the vinegar mix to the bowl and toss. Allow this mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes.

1 serving is about 40 calories

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