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"A traditional and delicious South African version of meatloaf. Serve with boiled rice and chutney."


2 h 5 m servings 352 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 352 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 20 g
  • 31%
  • Carbs:
  • 19g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 24.3 g
  • 49%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 115 mg
  • 38%
  • Sodium:
  • 687 mg
  • 27%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat water in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and add the onion slices. Reduce heat and simmer until the onions appear translucent, 3 to five minutes. Remove the onions and finely chop them.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has browned slightly.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 7x11-inch baking dish.
  4. Soak the slice of bread in the milk and gently squeeze out the milk; set the milk aside. Crumb the bread into a large mixing bowl. Mix bread together with ground beef, curry powder, 1 egg, sugar, salt, black pepper, turmeric, vinegar, chutney, almonds and raisins.
  5. Place the mixture the prepared baking dish. Insert the bay leaves into the meat. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.
  6. Beat the remaining egg with 3 tablespoons of the drained milk. Pour over the meat and bake for another 30 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Bake for 1 1/2 hours if you're using raw meat; if you precook the meat, cut the baking time to 45 minutes.
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  1. 25 Ratings


I regularly make bobotie and thought to give this recipe a try. It was "okay", but I have to suggest a few changes: As said by someone else - you CAN brown the mince and onions in a pan !! (I us...

The recipe is fine, as long as it's kept in mind that, as a trad. dish, there are hundreds of small variations. I use apricot jam instead of chutney, but a fruity, quite sweet chutney is fine. ...

Good, but for a more authentic version use minced lamb and replace the bay leaves with fragrant fresh lemon or lime leaves. Serve with basmati rice flavoured with turmeric and cinnamon, slightl...

Yummy and old South African favorite. A friend just brought us some chutney and I wanted to make something special!! This was it, very delicious just like my mother used to make it when I was a...

I made this recipe for a Thanksgiving dinner in the States and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The recipe leaves out where the onions are meant to go but just add them to the ground beef along...

It's always hard to make a recipe for something you've never eaten or even seen, since you're really not sure what you're aiming at. I never heard of Bobotie until I saw this recipe, and the mi...

We made this recipe as part of a South African themed meal. We've never had it before, so really have no basis for comparison, but we both liked it. In fact, my husband absolutely loved it. I...

this was really yummy!! i made it with the south african yellow rice recipe also on this site, and it was a wonderful dinner! i don't really like meatloaf but i loved this, it has tons of flavor...

I thought this recipe was very interesting and just different enough to try. It was quick & easy to assemble. I love the end product and will most definitely make it again. I probably will do...