Bobotie, is a South African dish (considered a national dish by many!) Consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping, this traditional bobotie recipe is sure to impress.

bobotie recipe

Plate up some magic with this delicious comforting South African dish with a wonderful mix of flavours, savoury and meaty, but with that touch of sweetness and spice. It’s no wonder it’s a South African favourite, and hopefully, it will soon be one of yours too. Serve with a delicious buttery sweet rice and veggies of your choice.

Once you’ve mastered a bobotie…you could always try SuzelleDIY’s ‘Bobotie in a Pumpkin’! (Watch the video beneath the recipe.)

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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: South African
Serves: 4-6
  • 1Kg Beef Mince
  • 4 Tbles Butter
  • 4 Tbles Oil
  • 2 Large Onions Chopped
  • 1 Cup Green Peppers Cubed
  • 3 Tsps Ginger and Garlic Paste
  • 2 Tbles Curry Powder
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli Paste
  • 2 Tsps Mixed Spice
  • 4 Tbles of Your Favourite Chutney
  • Salt to Taste
  • 2 Tbles Worcester Sauce
  • 4 Slices White Bread Soaked and Mashed in 100 ml of Milk
For The Custard:
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • ¼ Tsp Salt
  • ⅛ Tsp Turmeric
For Topping:
  • A Few Bay or Lemon Leaves
  • 3 Tbles Slivered Almonds (Optional)
  1. Cook the onion in butter and oil until soft, then add garlic paste, bay leaves, spices and chutney.
  2. Add Worcester sauce and salt.
  3. Add the ground meat and cook until most of the pink is gone.
  4. Squeeze excess milk from the bread and add the bread to the meat mixture. Stir to combine.
  5. Remove from the stove and spoon mixture into a rectangular baking dish.
  6. Mix the beaten eggs with the reserved milk and add the salt and a pinch of turmeric. Pour over meat mixture and put a few bay leaves on top.
  7. Stand the baking dish in a larger pan of boiling water (this is important to prevent drying out) and bake, uncovered, at 180°C for 40 -45 minutes or golden brown and set.
Bobotie can be served with savoury rice and veg.
#TopTip from Elaine Lancaster - I like to put coconut and banana on top of mine

SuzelleDIY – How to Make Bobotie in a Pumpkin
For those who would like to be a little more adventurous…or just have a laugh, watch this…She’s brilliant, she’s South African…and she’s addictive!