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Bobotie Recipe

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Cuisine South African
Servings 6
Calories 386 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon coconut or sunflower oil
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves crushed
  • 3 tablespoons mango or peach chutney
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 apple grated
  • 2 tablespoons mixed masala curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 slices white bread thick slices
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 lime leaves


  • Switch on the oven to 350 degrees F (175 C) to preheat.
  • Pour one cup of milk into a bowl, and add the 2 slices of bread, leaving them to soak until needed.
  • Add the raisins to a bowl with hot water and leave to plump up.
  • Set the stove to medium high, and place a large skillet on the plate.
  • Place a tablespoon of coconut or sunflower oil in the skillet and swirl to coat the pan.
  • Toss in the chopped onion and crushed garlic together with the curry powder and stir as it sautés – about 2 minutes.
    curry powder added to sauteed onions and garlic
  • Add in the ground beef, stirring to break up the clumps of meat and prevent it sticking and burning. This should take around 5 minutes.
  • Add in the allspice, cloves, curry powder, dried herbs, salt and pepper and stir as it cooks for around 1 minutes, to release the fragrance of the spices.
  • Add in the chutney, the grated apple, the raisins and stir as they cook for around 2 minutes.
    Grated apple (left) and raisins (right) added to meat
  • Lastly, break up the soaked bread and add to the mix, stirring carefully an making sure that there are no giant clumps of bread that have not been incorporated into the dough.
  • Remove pot from stove and prepare to transfer the ingredient to a large oiled overproof casserole dish.
    Bobotie ready for the egg and milk topping
  • Once transferred and leveled, break the three eggs into a bowl, and add the remaining 2 cups of milk, giving it a quick whisk with a fork to break up the egg yolks and combine the two ingredients.
  • Carefully pour the egg/milk mix over the top of the bobotie, add the lime leaves in the middle, and place in the over to bake for around 35 minutes. The bobotie is done when the egg is set and the mix is golden and bubbling on top.