This South African lamb curry is spiced with bay leaves and topped with an eggy custard.

1 lb. minced lamb or beef, or a mixture of the two
vegetable oil
2 onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 slices bread, crumbled
1/4 cup milk
finely grated rind and juice of 1/2 small lemon
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt, milled black pepper
3 ounces dried apricots, chopped
1 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored and chopped
1/4 cup sultanas (golden raisins)
1 1/2 ounces slivered almonds, roasted in a dry frying pan
6 lemon, orange, or bay leaves


1 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt


Set the oven at 325. Butter a large casserole. Heat butter and oil in a saucepan and fry the onion and garlic until translucent. Stir in the curry powder and turmeric, and cook briefly until fragrant. Remove the pot from the heat.

Mix in the minced meat. Mix together the crumbs, milk, lemon rind and juice, egg, salt, pepper, apricots, apple, sultanas and almonds and mix in. Pile into the casserole and level the top. Roll up the leaves and bury them at regular intervals. Seal with foil and bake for 1 1/4 hours. Increase the oven temperature to 400. Mix together the topping milk, eggs and salt (you may require extra topping if you’ve used a very large casserole), pour over and bake uncovered for a further 15 minutes until cooked and lightly browned. Serve with Yellow Rice and Blatjang .

“Melkkos” is a South African favorite. Not sure of the English translation, but it is something like milk food. It is a dish with its main ingredient being milk, to which you add some flour and butter.

It is a great traditional dish that can be enjoyed all year round. Nothing tastes nicer than a bowl of “melkkos”, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar on the top.

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of hard butter
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups of milk


  1. Rub the butter in with the flour, using your fingers. Add the salt and mix some more.
  2. Bring the milk to the boil on the stove and add the butter and flour mixture a little bit at a time.
  3. Turn the heat right down and let it boil for about 5 minutes. Make sure you stir the mixture often.
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the top and enjoy it warm!


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