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  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Bobotie is a South African recipe made with beef mince. Indulge in the exotic flavours of the curry spices, dried fruit, nuts and the texture and richness of the minced meat. Serve with geelrys, boereboontjies and a glass of delicious red South African wine.



  • 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 a 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.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: South African


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 362
  • Sugar: 5.2 g
  • Sodium: 449 mg
  • Fat: 15.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.2 g
  • Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Protein: 43.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 184 mg

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