What is Bobotie?

If you read my daily blog you will be aware that I do enjoy a little kitchen experimentation and therefore decided that I would share a South African recipe Bobotie that I taught myself serval years ago when I was living at university.  The recipe that I will share is made up of around three different variations. 

In 1954 Bobotie became the national dish of South Africa by the United Nations Women’s Organisation. 


1 tsp Garlic
1 tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp Turmeric
2 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Cumin
Pinch of Salt and Pepper

Other ingredients
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Chopped Almonds
1/4 cup Raisins
1/4 chopped Apricots
1 chopped Apple
3 tbsp Mango Chutney
1 egg

2 egg for top

1 slice of White Bread
1 cup Milk

2 Onions
Drop of oil
500g Minced Beef

Step 1. Put the milk and bread together in a bowl and set aside. 


Step 2.  Chop onions and add into a pan with a little oil. 


Step 3.  Add the minced beef followed by all the spices



Step 4. Add all the other ingredients into the pan and mix. 


Step 5. Add the bread leaving the milk a the bowl into the pan. 


Step 6.  Transfer the mixture into a oven proof dish.  I used the Pampered Chef cranberry glaze stone.  Place the oven dish into a hot oven 180° for 30 minutes.


Step 7. Remove from oven add the remaining two eggs into the milk, mix and pour onto of the meat.  Return to the oven for 45 minutes. 



The verdict:


It may appear to be a long list of ingredients however most of the spices if not all you will find in your kitchen cupboards along with the other items. 

It’s a terrible easy recipe to make and not about really can go wrong when making it. 

I can’t believe it took me so long to make this recipe again the last time I made it was when my husband and I were dating. 

Hearty food to enjoy with your loved ones. 

Happy Monday Friends! 


About The Life of a Housewife

Abigail is married to a wonderful man. They have a very fabulous Mini Dachshund her name is Tinkerbell and now a very beautiful son. Abigail's absolute favourite time of the year is Christmas it has been since she was a little girl. Abigail' enjoys being creative, enjoy cooking, making and especially fond of organization.

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