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HT MC South African 110Mins


This is a traditional main course recipe from South Africa made with well spiced minced beef.


Serves 4

Prep & Cook Time:

1 hour 50 mins

Recipe Tags:  Hot  Beef  Nuts  Dried Fruit  Spices  Herbs  Meat    Main Course    S. Africa 






1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
2 Onions, chopped
675g/1 lb Minced Beef
1 slice of Bread
240ml/8fl.oz. Milk
1 tbsp Mild Curry Powder
Salt and Black Pepper
teasp Ground Turmeric
1 tbsp Sugar
50g/2oz Sultanas
2 tbsp Chutney
6 Whole Almonds, quartered
The juice and grated rind of a Lemon
4 Bay Leaves
1 Egg


1.  Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas mark 4. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onions and meat and fry until brown, turning from time to time. Drain off the excess oil and set aside.


2. Soak the bread in half of the milk then mash with a fork and add to the meat.


3. Add the remaining ingredients except the egg, remaining milk and bay leaves to the meat mixture and mix well.


4. Transfer the mixture to an ovenproof casserole dish, stick the bay leaves into the mixture evenly spaced apart then bake for 1 hour.


5. Remove the bay leaves. Then beat the egg with remaining milk and pour over the meat mixture. Lay the bay leaves on top in a decorative way then return to oven for a further 30 minutes. 

End of instructions



Serving Suggestions

Traditionally served with yellow rice.

Main equipment required to make this recipe

Large saucepan

Large mixing bowl



Ovenproof casserole

Small mixing bowl


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Key techniques used in this recipe


Fry  - To cook over a brisk heat, in oil or fat to obtain a good seal and colour.
Soak - to - To completely cover with liquid and leave for a varying amount of time


Mash - to - Break down food items with a fork or other specialised mashing equipment until a smoother texture is achieved.

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven


Make Ahead

Make up to and including stage 4. Allow to cool, cover with foil or a lid and refrigerate for up to 24 hours



Use a dish which is both oven and freezer proof. Foil containers are useful. Make up to and including stage 4. Allow to cool, cover and freeze. Defrost for several hours before continuing


Related Recipes and Information

More South African Recipes

More Beef/Veal Recipes 

General Beef Prep & Cooking Times

Beef Cuts 


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