Bobotie with rice

Feb 20, 2020

Bobotie is a traditional South African favourite. This recipe is packed with flavour but is also a healthier version.



  • 1 slice white bread, thick
  • 125ml milk
  • 25ml oil
  • 2 onions, in slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 15ml ginger, fresh, grated
  • 30ml curry powder
  • 5ml tumeric
  • 3ml cumin, fine
  • 3ml coriander, fine
  • 1kg mince, lamb or beef
  • 20ml apricot jam
  • 12 almonds, cut into quarters
  • 60ml vinegar
  • 10ml salt
  • 3ml pepper, black, freshly grinded
  • 125ml raisins, seedless (optional)
  • 4 lemon or bay leaves

Top layer

  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  • Lightly grease an ovenproof dish.
  • Soak the bread in the milk and mash it with a fork. Keep one side.
  • Heat the oil and sauteé the onions until soft. Add the ginger, garlic and other spices and sauteé until fragrant.
  • Add the mince in small amounts and fry until almost brown.
  • Add the jam, almonds, vinegar, salt, pepper, raisins, bread and apples/peaches. Use a fork to mix lightly.
  • Ladle the mince mixture into a greased ovendish, don’t press with a fork. Stick the lemon- or bay leaves into the mixture.

Top layer

  • Whisk the milk and eggs together and flavor with salt and pepper.
  • Pour over the mince and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Serve with chutney and yellow rice.

Serving suggestion

Serve with non-starchy vegetables or a salad to make this a delicious balanced meal

Yields 6 portions

Recipe by Chantel Walker

Chantel Walker is a registered dietitian based in Stellenbosch with a passion for helping people reach their full potential. Read more about Chantel here.

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