This tasty Babotie, a South African dish of curried meat and fruit with an egg based topping, is just 7 SmartPoints per serving on Weight Watchers Freestyle / Flex plan. Read on for lots of tips and tricks on how to best make this delicious dish.
If you are looking for new and interesting ways to cook with ground beef (mince beef) then this recipe will interest you. It makes a hearty and filling Weight Watchers dinner.
Bobotie is a popular dish in South Africa. It consists of curried ground beef and dried fruit (& sometimes nuts) topped with a thick & creamy egg based topping.
There are so many versions of this recipe that each time I have been served Bobotie, it has never been quite the same.
Always delicious though!
This recipe is a Weight Watchers friendly version of this tasty dish. I omitted the nuts and used fewer sultanas than are required in many recipes for Bobotie.
Sultanas (& other dried fruit) are high in SmartPoints, but Bobotie wouldn’t be Bobotie if you were to omit them altogether.
So I add a heaped tablespoon of them and they really make it!
The same goes for the mango chutney! Although, there are quite a few SmartPoints in a tablespoon of mango chutney, it’s addition really does help lift the dish and give it a lovely, subtle sweetness.
In South Africa, this dish would typically be served with a sweet & sour chutney and yellow rice.
However, for a Weight Watchers friendly meal, I think a slice of this pie is perfect served with a green salad or with a side of green vegetables.
Tips for making Bobotie:
- Start soaking the bread in the milk before cooking the meat (pic 1). Give it time to soak up the milk and soften.
- Chop the onions finely and saute until they are soft and translucent. If the onions start to stick to the bottom of the pan, de glaze the pan by adding a touch of water and scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. This will prevent them from sticking further and will add to the overall flavour of the dish (pic 2 & 3)
- Add a tablespoon of mango chutney (pic 4) ! Don’t be tempted to omit this ingredient as it really does add to the overall tastiness of the dish. If you don’t have mango chutney, you could use apricot preserve / jam.
- Squeeze out as much of the milk from the bread as you can before adding it to the mince mixture (pic 5).
- After spooning the meat into the casserole dish, firm down well before pouring on the egg / milk mixture (pics 6 & 7)
- Garnish with a few bay leaves (pic 8).
- I used a casserole dish measuring 9 inches by 8 inches. This is the biggest size casserole dish I would suggest using.
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What I used to make this recipe:
I used this mango chutney, available from Amazon.
If you prefer you could use lean ground pork instead of lean ground beef. You will need to alter the SmartPoints accordingly.
You could swap the mango chutney for apricot preserve for the same SmartPoints.
Use Smucker’s Sugar Free Apricot Preserve and reduce the SmartPoints by 1 SmartPoint per portion.
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Bobotie | Weight Watchers
- 1 slice white bread
- 125 ml skimmed milk
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves finely sliced
- 500 g lean ground beef / lean mince beef 5% lean ground beef
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sultanas or raisins
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tbsp mango chutney
- 2 eggs
- 3 bay leaves
- Preheat the oven to 180oC / 160oC Fan /350oF / Gas Mark 4
- Break the bread into 3 or 4 pieces and place in a bowl. Pour over the milk and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions and saute for 6 - 8 minutes, stirring often, until they have softened and become translucent. If any of the onion sticks to the bottom of the pan, add a touch of water and use a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan & mix it into the onions.
- Add the chopped garlic and saute for 30 seconds or so before adding the ground beef. Use a spoon to break up the meat and stir until the colour changes and no pinkness can been seen. Add the pepper, salt, sultanas, ground turmeric, and curry powder and mix thoroughly.
- Cover and simmer gently for 8 - 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the mango chutney.
- Next, use your hands to lift the bread from the milk and squeeze out any excess liquid (making sure that you reserve the milk for use later). Add the bread to the curried meat and stir in. Spoon into a casserole dish (no bigger than 9 inches by 9 inches) and press down firmly.
- Add the eggs to the reserved milk and whisk until combined. Pour over the meat mixture and garnish with a couple of bay leaves.
- Bake in the oven for 35 - 40 minute until the top has set and has turned golden brown.
- Serve with green vegetables or a salad.