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A slice of Bobotie

South African Bobotie

The national dish of South Africa, a flavorful curried meat casserole you will love
Course Main Dish
Cuisine South African
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 372kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium onions diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 slices bread
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef lamb or turkey
  • 1 large apple grated
  • 1/3 cup fruit chutney
  • 1/4 cup sultanas or raisins
  • 1 lemon juice and zest
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Egg Custard Topping

  • 3 eggs
  • 5-6 bay leaves
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ cup milk


  • Pre-heat oven at 350 deg
  • In a medium bowl, mix together milk and bread to soften it. Set aside.
  • Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish
  • Heat up a large skillet over medium heat, add butter until melted, add in onions and garlic. Saute for about 3 minutes just until soft and fragrant.
  • Next stir in the spices: curry powder, turmeric, ground cumin, coriander, thyme and oregano.
  • Add ground meat and stirring constantly to break it up, cook until beef is no longer pink or slightly brown. Remove from the stove.
  • Add to a bowl, followed by bread mixture, chutney, grated apple, lemon juice and zest, and Worcestershire – add sultanas or raisins. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix all together well.
  • Add beef mixture into greased casserole dish. Using a spoon press the beef mixture down. This helps keep the egg mixture on top and forms a nice custard top when baked,
  • Bake in the oven for around 40-50 minutes.
  • While bobotie is baking, mix together eggs, cream, milk and a ¼ teaspoon of turmeric.
  • Take the meat out of the oven, pour the egg mixture over the beef. Arrange the bay leaves on top.
  • Bake for another 20 minutes (check after 15 minutes ) or until the egg mixture has set.
  • Remove and let it rest for a few minutes then serve with yellow rice and vegetables.


Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 612mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 4mg