Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 50 mins

A simple, frugal, curry flavored dish with it's roots from Africa [although my recipe card sites Barbados!?!] that is an excellent way to stretch only a pound of ground beef into a family meal. Originally found in a collection of recipe cards from "My Great Recipes" printed in Holland, it has become a staple in our family!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large heavy fry pan, cook onion in butter until golden brown.
  2. Add curry powder, 1 1/4 tsp salt, and cayenne pepper to pan and sauté another 2 - 3 minutes.
  3. Add beef. Sauté until browned. Remove from heat and drain fat. (very important--thoroughly drain the fat!).
  4. Soak crumbled bread in 1 1/2 cups of milk.
  5. Add milk mixture to beef mixture in pan and stir.
  6. Pour into buttered baking dish about 8 inches square, or similar size.
  7. In small bowl, beat eggs with remaining 1/2 cup milk and add the raisins.
  8. Pour egg mixture over top of beef mixture.
  9. Bake uncovered in a 375°F oven for 50 - 60 minutes until the top is a pretty, light golden brown.
  10. Serve with steamed vegetables, or rice if you prefer.


Most Helpful

We were skeptical of this recipe at first (weren't sure about the raisins). However, this ended up being delicious! The raisins added just the right amount of sweetness. We did think it could use more spice, actually so, we plan on using more curry powder next time. I'm also wondering how this might be with a spoonful of curry paste instead of the powder. Still quick prep and yummy! We had this with brown rice and baked acorn squash. The flavors worked really well together. Thanks for sharing!

RFJ November 29, 2012

The recipe originates from South Africa

tartanapple September 25, 2012

I love Babootie and have not had it in years since leaving South Africa. Such an easy recipe and very yummy. Thx, my husband is very happy!! and my little kids love it too. I add a little Mrs Balls chutney to sweeten the mince mixture for the kiddies sake, but it is just as nice without it.

CookieMamma October 27, 2009

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