Marsha Gardner


Pronounced ba-boor-tea, the national dish of South Africa is a delicious mixture of curried meat and fruit with a creamy golden topping, not dissimilar to moussaka. My friend Heleen from South Africa passed me this dish. She now lives in the Florida Panhandle.

Served with rice pilau and a salad makes a complete meal.


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2 slice
white bread
2 medium
onions, chopped
2 Tbsp
butter, unsalted
2 clove
garlic, crushed
2 1/4 lb
lean ground beef
2 Tbsp
madras curry paste
1 tsp
dried mixed herbs
cloves, whole
whole allspice berries
2 Tbsp
mango chutney
3 Tbsp
bay leaves
10 oz
full cream milk
2 large

How to Make Bobotie


  • 1Heat oven to 350-degrees.

    Pour cold water over the bread and set aside to soak.
  • 2Meanwhile, fry the onions in the butter, stirring regularly for 10 mins until they are soft and starting to colour. Add the garlic and beef and stir well, crushing the mince into fine grains until it changes colour.
  • 3Stir in the curry paste, herbs, spices, chutney, sultanas and 2 of the bay leaves with 1 tsp salt and plenty of ground black pepper.

    Cover and simmer for 10 mins.
  • 4Squeeze the water from the bread, then mix into the meat mixture until well blended. Tip into an oval ovenproof dish. Press the mixture down well and smooth the top. You can make this and chill 1 day ahead.
  • 5For the topping, beat the milk and eggs with seasoning, then pour over the meat. Top with the remaining bay leaves and bake for 35-40 mins until the topping is set and starting to turn golden.

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About Bobotie

Course/Dish: Beef

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