South African Bobotie Recipe

Bobotie is a traditional South African dish that combines the flavors of sweet and savory in a mouthwatering way. Made with ground beef, spices, and a creamy custard topping, this dish is sure to impress anyone who tries it. While it may seem complicated, it’s actually quite simple to make and is perfect for a special occasion or family dinner.


  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Soak the bread in the milk for about 5 minutes, then mash it into a paste.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
  5. Add the curry powder, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, and turmeric to the skillet and stir well to combine.
  6. Add the apricot jam, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, raisins, and bread paste to the skillet and mix well.
  7. Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish.
  8. Beat the eggs and pour them over the top of the mixture in the baking dish.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the custard topping is golden brown and set.
  10. Serve hot with yellow rice and a side of chutney.

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