Recipes and Rantings from a Self-Confessed Foodie



Bobotie is often considered the national dish of South Africa. It contains a truly wonderful fusion of flavours: curried minced beef with aromatic spices and dried fruit with a creamy egg topping.

One of my all-time favourite dishes, I hope you enjoy this recipe. Bobotie is often served with rice, but as it is quite a filling meal, I prefer to offset the denseness of the Bobotie with a light, fresh salad.


  • 25 g butter
  • 3 large onions, chopped
  • 5 kg minced beef
  • 6 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 cm fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 6 tsp Garam Masala
  • 5 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp Herbes de Provence
  • 200 g dried apricots, chopped
  • 75 g flaked almonds
  • 2 tbsp heaped of Moroccan spiced chutney (or similar)
Bobotie spices
Spices used in Bobotie


  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C.
  2. Heat the butter in a large pan and, when melted, add the onions. After 5 minutes, add the garlic and cook until the onions are soft. Set aside.
  3. Fry the beef in a large pan with a glug of olive oil until dark brown.
  4. Add the onions and all of the other ingredients except the milk and eggs. Stir well and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the bay leaves and mix again.
  6. Place the mixture into a large casserole dish and flatten the top with a large spoon or spatula.
  7. Mix the milk and eggs, add seasoning and pour over the meat mix.
  8. Bake in the oven for 20 – 30 minutes, until the topping has set and become golden brown.
  9. Serve with sambal and fresh salad.

If you like spicy food, try my Spiced Chicken Tagine recipe. If you would like to see another beef dish, take a look at the Veal Saltimboca post.


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