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Classic South African Bobotie

"Fancy some bobotie? It’s time to indulge in the exotic spices and explore the amazing cuisine of South Africa"
This is a perfect family dinner and goes well with a good bottle of South African Red Wine!

Some consider bobotie to be the national dish of South Africa. The dish bears a strong resemblance to the Greek moussaka or the British Shepherd's pie. If you like those dishes, it is likely that you'll like this one!


SERVES: 8 People


  • 1 slice white bread
  • 250ml (1 cup) milk
  • 1kg (2.2lbs) beef mince
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 125ml (½ cup) sultanas or seedless raisins
  • 125ml (½ cup) blanched almonds, whole or slivered
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) apricot jam
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) fruit chutney
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) lemon juice
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) curry powder
  • 10ml (2 tsp) turmeric
  • 10ml (2 tsp) salt
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 bay leaves



  1. Soak the bread in the milk, then squeeze it dry and reserve the milk.
  2. In a large bowl mix the bread, beef, onion, sultanas, almonds, jam, chutney, lemon juice, curry powder, turmeric and salt.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and brown the meat mixture lightly. Turn it out into an ovenproof casserole dish.
  4. Beat the eggs with the reserved milk and pour the mixture over the meat.
  5. Garnish the top of the mixture with the bay leaves and bake at 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4 for 50 minutes or until set.
  6. Serve with Geelrys (Yellow Rice) and vegetables.



If you are lactose intolerant you can use alternatives such as almond, soy or rice milk.


Greedy Gourmet, March 2018

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