Traditional bobotie recipe – so yum!


With winter coming right around the corner, we’re all craving some warm and delicious comfort food.


Bobotie is one of the national dishes of South Africa, and it is truly delicious!


This traditionally Cape Malay dish is made from fruity, but spicy mince meat with an egg based topping.


Quick and easy to make, and typically served with yellow rice and vegetables, this bobotie recipe is sure to make your tummy smile.

traditional bobotie

































The bobotie filling


500 gram lean minced beef
2 eggs
2 slices stale white bread
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 tbsp hot water
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp curry powder
½ tsp ground cloves
1 tsp garlic, crushed
1 tsp turmeric
½ tsp salt


The bobotie topping


1 egg, lightly beaten
½ cup milk
bay leaves for garnish


To make the bobotie filling

Pre-heat the oven to 180 o C.

Remove the crusts from the bread and the soak it in water for 10 minutes, squeeze out the excess and then crumble.

In a large frying pan, braise the onion in the oil until golden.

Break the two eggs into a large bowl and beat lightly then mix in the mince.

Add the onion mixture from the frying pan, the hot water, lemon juice, crumbled bread, turmeric and sugar to the mince and egg mixture. Bind all the ingredients well so that a consistent mixture is formed.

Spoon the mixture into a well-greased, oven-proof dish and bake for 40 minutes, or until the mince is golden brown and then remove from the oven.


To make the bobotie topping

Combine the egg with the milk and beat well.

Pour the mixture over the bobotie and arrange the bay/lemon leaves as garnish.

Return to the oven and bake at 180 o C for 10 minutes, or until the topping has set with a golden delicious colour.



Serve with yellow rice, and enjoy!