Authentic Bobotie Recipe: South African Delight with Spiced Minced Meat and Creamy Egg Custard

Authentic Bobotie Recipe: South African Delight with Spiced Minced Meat and Creamy Egg Custard

Looking for a delicious and exotic dish to try? Look no further than bobotie, a flavorful South African classic. Bobotie is a mouthwatering combination of spiced minced meat topped with a delectable egg-based custard. This traditional dish is known for its aromatic flavors and unique blend of spices. Follow this easy bobotie recipe to impress your family and friends with a taste of South Africa.


For the meat mixture:

  • 2lb ground beef or lamb
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 slices of bread, soaked in water or milk
  • 1 pk of Bailan Cape Malay Curry
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam or chutney
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

For the custard topping:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

For serving:

  • Yellow rice
  • Chutney


How To:


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

  2. In a large frying pan or skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic, and sauté until softened and translucent.

  3. Add the ground beef or lamb to the pan and cook until browned, breaking up any lumps with a spoon or spatula.

  4. Squeeze the excess liquid from the soaked bread slices and add the bread to the pan. Mix well with the meat.

  5. Add the curry powder, turmeric, coriander, cumin, salt, and pepper to the pan. Stir well to combine all the spices with the meat mixture.

  6. Add the apricot jam or chutney, vinegar, sugar, and raisins (if using) to the pan. Stir everything together and let it simmer for a few minutes.

  7. Transfer the meat mixture to a greased ovenproof dish and spread it out evenly.

  8. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, ground cinnamon, and ground turmeric until well combined.

  9. Pour the egg mixture over the meat mixture, ensuring that it covers the entire surface.

  10. Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until the custard topping is set and golden brown.

  11. Remove the bobotie from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

  12. Serve the bobotie with yellow rice and chutney on the side.

Enjoy your homemade bobotie!

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