Date posted: 21/09/2022

South African Bobotie

A national dish of South Africa, the Babotie is a delicious mixture of curried meat and fruit with a soft, golden topping – making the perfect aromatic savoury dish.

  • Serves 8
  • Timing: 1 hr 20 mins
Votes: 2 Average: 5


Mothers Pride white bread (medium, chilled) 20g
Free range medium eggs (chilled) 4
Whole milk (chilled) 50ml
Sea salt 6g
Tomato puree 80g
Chopped dried apricot 120g
Chopped tomatoes 150g
Cracked black peppercorn 5g
Vegetable oil 20ml
Flaked almonds 30g
Garam masala 8g
Ground coriander 8g
Ground cumin 8g
Ground turmeric 8g
Mild madras curry powder 15g
Raisins 100g
Farmstead minced beef 95vl 1kg
Coriander (chilled) 10g
Garlic (chilled) 15g
Parsley (picked, curly) 15g
Root ginger (chilled) 10g
Lemons (chilled) 1
Onion (diced, chilled) 80g


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C or 350F.
  2. In a hot skillet, sauté the minced meat (without any oil) for 10 minutes, stirring regularly. Put this onto a place and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add 2 tablespoons of oil and sauté the onions over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the lemon zest and its fresh juice with the spices and ginger, to make a paste.
  5. Pour the milk into a separate bowl and soak the bread in here.
  6. Add garlic to the onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the spice mixture in and stir this together.
  7. Drain the bread and add it to the onion and garlic mixture. Set the milk aside, as this will be used later.
  8. Add the meat into the mixture and stir. Add salt and pepper.
  9. Add parsley, raisins, dried apricots and almonds. Sauté for a few minutes and then turn off the heat.
  10. Pour the meat mixture into a rectangular pan and firmly pack the meat with the back of a spoon.
  11. Beat 4 eggs into the remaining milk. Cover the meatloaf with the egg and milk mixture. Place this into the oven for 40 minutes.
  12. Serve hot with plain or curry-flavoured basmati rice.
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