Bobotie (South African Curry Meat Loaf)

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

"The dried fruit in this curried South African meat loaf offsets its cayenne spiciness, while its almond crust adds a crunchy counterpoint to the tender ground meat." - Saveur

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine tea, raisins, and apricots in a bowl; let sit for 30 minutes. Drain, and reserve 1/3 cup soaking liquid; set both aside.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion; cook until lightly caramelized, about 8 minutes. Add turmeric, coriander, cayenne, cumin, fenugreek, pepper, fennel, and salt; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add reserved soaked fruit and soaking liquid and vinegar; cook until almost all liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl; add beef, and mix until evenly combined. Transfer meat mixture to a foil-lined baking sheet, and shape into an 8″ × 4″ loaf; press almonds over top of meat loaf, and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meat loaf reads 160F, about 40 minutes.
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I loved all the contrasting flavors in this meatloaf. I made it exactly as written except that I used individual loaf pans to make individual meatloaves! Made for PRMR.

threeovens May 14, 2014