Bobotie Recipe

Bobotie Recipe

Bobotie Recipe



2 slices white bread

2 onions, chopped

25g butter

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1kg lean minced beef

2 tbsp madras curry paste

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

3 cloves

5 allspice berries

2 tbsp peach or mango chutney

3 tbsp sultanas

6 bay leaves



300ml full-cream milk

2 large eggs



  • Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Pour cold water over the bread and set aside to soak
  • Meanwhile, fry the onions in the butter, stirring regularly for 10 mins until they are soft and starting to colour
  • Add the garlic and beef and stir well, crushing the mince into fine grains until it changes colour
  • Stir in the curry paste, herbs, spices, chutney, sultanas and 2 of the bay leaves with 1 tsp salt and plenty of ground black pepper
  • Cover and simmer for 10 mins. Squeeze the water from the bread and then beat into the meat mixture until well blended
  • Empty the contents from the pan into an ovenproof dish (23 x 33cm and about 5-6cm deep). Press the mixture down well and smooth the top. You can make this and chill 1 day ahead
  • For the topping, beat the milk and eggs with seasoning, then pour over the meat. Top with the remaining bay leaves and bake for 35-40 mins until the topping is set and starting to turn golden.

Mmmm, a taste of Cape Malay, a taste of South Africa, a taste of home!!!