How to Make South African Bobotie


  • 1 slice white bread
  • 250ml (1 cup) milk
  • 1kg (2.2lbs) beef mince
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 125ml (½ cup) sultanas or seedless raisins
  • 125ml (½ cup) blanched almonds, whole or slivered
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) apricot jam
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) fruit chutney
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) lemon juice
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) curry powder
  • 10ml (2 tsp) turmeric
  • 10ml (2 tsp) salt
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 bay leaves


  1. Soak the bread in the milk, then squeeze it dry and reserve the milk.
  2. In a large bowl mix the bread, beef, onion, sultanas, almonds, jam, chutney, lemon juice, curry powder, turmeric and salt.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and brown the meat mixture lightly. Turn it out into a ovenproof casserole dish.
  4. Beat the eggs with the reserved milk and pour the mixture over the meat.
  5. Garnish the top of the mixture with the bay leaves and bake at 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4 for 50 minutes or until set.
  6. Serve with Geelrys (Yellow Rice) and vegetables.