Best Bobotie

Best Bobotie

trixie 3

"This South African original is similar to meatloaf, but so much better. A slightly sweet curry flavors ground beef with a milk and egg custard on top. It's delicious!"


1 h 55 m servings 767 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 767 kcal
  • 38%
  • Fat:
  • 55.2 g
  • 85%
  • Carbs:
  • 34.2g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 34.3 g
  • 69%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 196 mg
  • 65%
  • Sodium:
  • 831 mg
  • 33%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the onions in the hot oil until soft. Break the ground beef into the skillet and cook until brown.
  3. Place the milk in a shallow dish. Soak the bread in the milk. Squeeze the excess milk from the bread. Set the milk aside. Add the bread to the beef mixture. Stir in the raisins, apricot jam, chutney, curry powder, salt, and black pepper. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven 1 hour.
  5. While the bobotie bakes, whisk together the reserved milk, egg, and a pinch of salt. Pour over top of the dish. Lay the bay leaf onto the top of the milk mixture.
  6. Return the bobotie to the oven until the top is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving.
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  1. 26 Ratings


The only change I made to this recipe was to subsitute an extra 1 tsp of chutney to replace the teaspoon of apricot jam since I didn't have any. The flavor was very good but it was too dry and a...

Oh my goodness. I would NEVER have thought of putting an egg custard on top of this dish. I have also never eaten minced beef quite as sweet as this. I didn't have any chutney or jam, but use...

Super easy and taste great! I m a South African living abroad and regularly impresses guests with this recipe combined with the South African Yellow Rice also on this site. Ideal when served w...

Try sticking a few lemon leaves into the bobotie so that it just sticks out on top, before the bobotie goes into the oven(about 3 leaves).It just add to the flavour.

Very good. I had a dish very similar to this a couple of times recently while on a safari. Easy to make and wonderful. Thank you.

I loved this recipe. I used a milder mango chutney because I no not like things too spicy. I was hesitant to add the egg mixture but it added just the right amount of creamy gooness. I did ad...

This recipe had very interesting flavor, but the cooking time needs to be reduced by almost half.

at our African themed potluck, this was one of the best dishes at the table! I used peach jam instead of apricot (and really think that for a teaspoon, any jam would work fine) and used extra b...

To avoid excessive sweetness, increase the amount of Chutney from one to three tablespoons, and eliminate the jam. (Jam is an American addition, not a part of the original recipe). A little su...