Traditional South African Bobotie

If you are looking to try something new, make this traditional South African bobotie. It is a delicious meal with an interesting history!


  • 1 thick slice of white bread with no crust
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 + 1/2 cup white onion, diced (approximately 1 medium)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chutney
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp smooth apricot jam
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 3 tbsp sultanas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and turmeric
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium mixing bowl, soak the bread in milk. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil and butter and sauté the onions and garlic until soft, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add curry powder, salt, chutney, apricot jam, Worcestershire sauce, turmeric, and vinegar and mix well. Cook until it forms a sticky sauce.
  3. While the spices cook, drain the bread and reserve milk and set the milk aside. Rip the bread apart and mix with the ground beef and sultanas. Add the beef mixture to the skillet and cook over low heat, stirring often, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Once the meat is no longer pink, add one beaten egg and mix it well with the beef. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Spoon the beef mixture into the bottom of a greased baking dish and even out the top. Beat the remaining egg with the reserved milk and 1/4 tsp salt and turmeric. Pour the egg mixture over the meat in the baking dish and place the bay leaves on top.
  5. Place the dish in the oven in a larger pan with water in it. Bake, uncovered, for 30 to 45 minutes, until the top is set.