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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: South African


Bobotie or bobotjie is a South African dish made out of minced meat such as lamb, pork or beef mixed with different herbs and spices, dried fruits and an egg topping. For me the best way to describe is it a spicy curry flavoured meatloaf with savoury custard topping.


  • 1 kg lean minced beef
  • 2 slices white bread, roughly torn apart
  • 2 tbsp mango or orange jam
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp curry powder
  • 3 pcs cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil


  1. Soak bread in 1/2 cup of milk, set aside.
  2. In a large pan sauté onions in low heat until it turns brown
  3. Add garlic, curry powder, cloves, cayenne, allspice and 3 pcs bay leaves, cook until fragrant.
  4. Add the beef, sultanas and jam then cook until beef changes colour while continuously stirring for around 10 minutes.
  5. Add the soaked bread then mix well until bread is well incorporated to the meat mixture.
  6. Turn heat off then remove the cloves and bay leaf from the mixture.
  7. In a bowl mix together 1 cup milk and 2 eggs, set it aside.
  8. Place meat mixture in a baking tray then press to compress. Pour egg mixture on top, add some bay leaf then place in a 180C preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes.
  9. Serve with rice and sambal.