Bobotie – South African dish

bobotie dish

Bobotie is a unique and flavourful dish! It’s a wonderful fusion of sweet and spicy flavours that come together beautifully. If you’re interested in trying it out, here’s a simplified version of a Bobotie recipe:


  • 500g ground beef or lamb
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 slices white bread, soaked in milk
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoons chutney (mango or peach)
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • Bay leaves for garnish
  • Sliced almonds for garnish (optional)


Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and cook until softened.

Add the ground beef or lamb to the skillet and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.

Stir in the curry powder, turmeric, coriander, and cumin, and cook for another minute until fragrant.

Squeeze excess milk from the soaked bread slices and add them to the skillet, breaking them up into smaller pieces.

Add the apricot jam, chutney, vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cook for a few more minutes.

Transfer the meat mixture to a baking dish and spread it out evenly.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with milk and pour the mixture over the meat in the baking dish.

Arrange bay leaves on top of the mixture and sprinkle with sliced almonds if using.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until the egg topping is set and golden brown.

Serve the Bobotie hot with rice, chutney, and a side salad.

Enjoy your Bobotie adventure! It’s a dish full of flavour, perfect for exploring the diverse world of African cuisine.

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