South African Bobotie Recipes

  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 slice bread
  • 1 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 C golden raisins
  • 3 tbsp. chutney
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • juice and grated rind of 1/2 lemon
  • 6 almonds, quartered
  • 1 egg
  • 4 bay leaves

Preheat the oven to 350. Saute the meat with onions until brown. Pour off grease. Soak the break in half of the milk then mash with a fork. Combine all the remaining ingredients except the egg, remaining milk and bay leaves. Spread the mixture in a greased casserole and tuck in the bay leaves here and there. Bake for 1 hour. Remove tghe bay leaves. Then beat the egg with remaining half cup of milk and pour over. Return to oven for another half an hour. Serve with steamed rice and chutney.

Another Bobotie Tryout

Preheat oven to 180c or 350F


  • 1kg or 2.2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 medium sized onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 30ml or 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 15ml or 1 tablespoon medium strength curry powder
  • 5ml or 1tsp turmeric
  • 30ml or 2 tablespoons white vinegar or lemon juice
  • 15ml or 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 15ml or 1 tsp salt
  • 2ml or 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 250ml or 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 75 gr 2 1/2 ounces raisins
  • 45ml or 3 tablespoons fruit chutney
  • grated rind of one lemon (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6-12 almonds blanched and quartered
  • 6 lemon leaves

Parboil the onions in a little water until opaque and drain reserving the water, chop and fry in the oil until just golden colored. Add the curry power and tumeric. fry for 2 minutes stirring all the time then add the vinegar or lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper. In the meanwhile, soak the bread in milk, then squeeze dry, strain the milk and set aside. Crumble the minced raw meat into a pan with the onion water and a little boiling water. Cook for 5 minutes. Lightly mix the meat, bread, onion mixture with 1 egg, raisins, chutney and lemon rind if used. Pack into a buttered casserole and add the bay leaves cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the oven and stick the almonds and lemon leaves (turned into cones shapes) into the meat. Whip the remaining egg with the milk add about 1/2 cup more milk to make 250ml or a full cup and carefully pour over the meat over the back of a spoon. Return to the oven turning the heat down to 300F or 180C and bake uncovered for 30minutes. It is nice with white fluffy rice and fresh veggies or a crisp green salad.