[Foodie Friday] Bobotie, the delicious South African ‘national’ dish you should try

Francis Akhalbey Jun 1, 2018 at 08:05am

June 01, 2018 at 08:05 am | Foodie Friday

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Staff Writer

June 01, 2018 at 08:05 am | Foodie Friday

Bobotie with yellow rice -- Photo Credit: titianandturmeric.com

On today’s instalment of #FoodieFriday, we spotlight one of the most popular dishes in South Africa, bobotie. This Cape-Malay meal, which is usually prepared with minced beef/lamb, eggs and soaked bread is arguably considered South Africa’s national dish.

Check out the recipe courtesy getaway.co.za.

Ingredients (Serves up to eight people)

  • 1 fairly thick slice crustless bread (white or brown)
  • 375 ml milk
  • 25 ml oil
  • 10ml butter
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 25 ml curry powder
  • 10ml salt
  • 25ml chutney
  • 15ml smooth apricot jam
  • 15ml Worcester sauce
  • 5ml turmeric
  • 25ml brown vinegar
  • 1 kg raw mince
  • 100 ml sultanas (don’t replace with raisins – they are too sweet; sultanas are much better for this recipe)
  • 3 eggs
  • Pinch each salt and turmeric
  • Bay leaves


  • Soak bread in milk. Heat oil and butter in large pan and fry onions and garlic.
  • When onions are soft, add curry powder, salt, chutney, jam, Worcester sauce, turmeric and vinegar and mix well.
  • Drain and mash bread and reserve milk. Add bread to pan together with mince and sultanas.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring, and when meat loses its pinkness, remove from stove. Add 1 beaten egg, mix well, then spoon into a greased, 28 x 16 cm baking dish and level the top.
  • Beat remaining eggs with reserved milk (you should have 300ml, or a little more) and the salt and turmeric.
  • Pour over meat mixture and put a few bay leaves on top. Stand dish in a larger pan of water (this is important to prevent drying out) and bake, uncovered, at 180 degrees celsius for 1 hour or until set.

Serve with rice, coconut, chutney, nuts and bananas.

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