First posted: Jun 6, 2017

Lamb and Lentil Bobotie


My Miele friends asked me to prepare a bunch of healthy, seasonal recipes for them, so this is the first in a new series that we’ll be sharing. I’ve taken my favourite Bobotie recipe and taken out the gluten and added in the extra goodness of lentils, and the sweetness and lightness of grated apples – it’s one of Rob’s favourites and I think you’ll love it too. Also, it’s exactly what you feel like on chilly wintery evenings. Try it soon! And follow along with my Miele adventure using #SarahLovesMiele



Cooks in:        Serves:4-6

For the Spiced Minced Meat
  • 1–2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 500 g lamb mince
  • 2 medium-sized onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and grated
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp medium curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp dried chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp each of dried mixed herbs
  • 1 Tbsp chutney
  • ½ tsp salt pinch of freshly ground back pepper ½ cup seedless raisins
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 21/2 cup cooked quinoa (for gluten free) OR 2 slices wholewheat bread, soaked in water, lightly squeezed and mashed with a fork
  • 1 x 400 g can lentils, drained
  • 2 Tbsp flaked almonds
  • 2 bay leaves
For the Baked Egg Topping
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tsp salt pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs

What to do

1. Preheat the oven to 190 °C and grease an ovenproof dish well. I prefer a slightly smaller dish that makes a deeper, moister bobotie.

2. Heat the oil and butter in a pan on medium-high heat and fry the mince, stirring often until loose and crumbly. Add the onions and fry until soft and translucent.

3. Add the garlic, apple, ginger, spices, herbs and chutney and continue cooking for another minute. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice then add the mashed quinoa / bread, raisins, lentils and almonds.

4. Spread the mixture in the ovenproof dish and insert the bay leaves.

5. Beat all the ingredients for the topping with a fork and pour over the top.

6. Bake uncovered for 30–35 minutes, or until the custard topping is firm and golden brown.

Recipe can easily be doubled and works just as well with beef instead of lamb
Photo Credit: Curtis Gallon

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