My Global Food Challenge


Swazi- Inspired Meatballs (Swaziland)

My recipe is based on a traditional Swazi Babotie recipe for a classic goat meatloaf, baked in a spiced custard. 

Yields: 6 Servings


1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 egg
1 tsp lemon juice
2 small onions, finely chopped
5 garlic cloves crushed
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
bread crumbs
2 tsps olive oil


Add all ingredients, except oil and bread crumbs and half of the onions and garlic to the ground meat and mix well by hand.  Add breadcrumbs to the desired consistency (meatballs hold together but are not too dry).  Form meatballs for sauce or soup.

Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the remaining onion and garlic and fry for about 2 minutes or until the onion has just softened. Add the meatballs and cook thoroughly. Serve warm.

For the origninal recipe:

Babotie is the classic South African meatloaf, essentially minced and spiced meat cooked in a savoury custard that has been known in Southern Africa since the seventeenth century. Boer settlers carried the dish all over southern Africa and it became a part of the cuisine as far north as Kenya. This particular version, made with goat meat or mutton comes from Swaziland.

Link to My Post on Swaziland:

Cuisine :   Swazi 

Main Ingredient :   Lamb   

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Swaziland on map of Africa

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