Low carb babotie – South Africa

Nutrition Information
  • Serving size: 300g
  • Calories: 574
  • Fat: 16 grams
  • Saturated fat: 13 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 8 grams
  • Sugar: 6 grams
  • Sodium: 113 mg
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Protein: 51 grams
  • Cholesterol: 3 mg
Recipe type: Low carb
Cuisine: South African
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Mmm Babotie. I have yet to meet a person who doesn't like it. Whilst now a traditional dish in South Africa, it had its origins in Indonesia It was adapted to fit local ingredients to become what it is today. It is a wonderful combination of savoury, spicy, sweet and sour browned minced meat in firmly set egg custard, which becomes golden brown and crispy on top after being baked. It is traditionally served with apricot chutney ( Mrs Balls of course)
  • Minced meat - 1 kilogram (beef or lamb)
  • Onion – one medium ( diced 6mm)
  • Garlic - two cloves finely chopped
  • Madras curry powder – one tablespoon
  • Vegetable oil – two tablespoons
  • Chilli powder – one tablespoon
  • Low carb apricot jam – two tablespoons ( see note)
  • Worcester sauce – one tablespoon ( 15ml)
  • Turmeric – one teaspoon
  • Almond milk – 375 ml
  • Low carb bread – one thick slice ( see note)
  • Eggs – five large
  • Bay leaves – 4 dried
  • Balsamic vinegar – one tablespoon
  • Butter – one teaspoon
  • Flaked almonds – one tablespoon
  1. Start pre-heating of oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Soak the bread in the almond milk for ten minutes, then drain and keep one side
  3. Mix 4 eggs with remaining milk. Add turmeric and stir well.
  4. Heat oil to a medium heat
  5. Add onions and fry until translucent.
  6. Add garlic and stir for a minute
  7. Add curry and chilli powders – Stir until spices have cooked through
  8. Add Worchester sauce, balsamic vinegar and apricot jam
  9. Stir rapidly to combine ingredients
  10. Add meat and fry until all pinkness has disappeared
  11. Add remaining egg, drained bread and almond flakes
  12. Mix until well combined
  13. Grease a baking dish with butter
  14. Spoon the cooked meat into the dish and spread evenly
  15. Pour the egg/ milk mixture over the meat
  16. Place bay leaves on top and push down until submerged
  17. Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for 45 to 60 minutes until the egg topping has browned
  18. Serve
For this recipe I use diabetic low sugar apricot jam

A low carb bread for this recipe is our Chilli and cheese bread

This recipe yields 6 servings of approximately 300 grams

Keywords: South African Babotie