Easy Bobotie Recipe | South African Meat Dish

Bobotie recipe easy

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Gently spiced ground meat is sweetened with chutney and raisins, and topped with a creamy egg custard. It is then baked until the topping is set. Garnish bobotie with almonds and bay leaves.


  • 3 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 2 1/4 cups (560ml) whole milk
  • 2.2 lbs (1 kg) ground beef, lamb, pork or a mixture
  • 2 chopped yellow onions
  • 3 tablespoons mild curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato concentrate
  • 4 tablespoons raisins
  • 4 tablespoons mango chutney
  • 2 peeled, cored and diced apples
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4 lightly beaten eggs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
  • 4 bay leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 320 degrees F (160 degrees C).
  2. Tear the bread into pieces and soak it in half the milk.
  3. Cook the meat and onion in a nonstick skillet until the meat is browned.
  4. Stir in the curry powder and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the tomato concentrate, raisins, mango chutney, soaked bread and milk, and apple.
  6. Grind in some salt and black pepper.
  7. Spoon the mixture into a large ovenproof dish and cover with foil.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes then discard the foil cover.
  9. Mix the rest of the milk with the eggs and pour this over the top.
  10. Add the nuts and bay leaves and cook for 30 minutes more.


Once the bobotie has cooled down, it can be sealed and frozen for up to 6 months. I like to make my easy bobotie recipe in 2 batches and freeze it in portions.