Bobotie – South African specialty

Boboti (Afrikaans: [bəˈbuəti]) is a well-known South African dish consisting of spicy minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. Boboti is made from lamb or beef, although pork can also be used. Early recipes incorporated ginger, marjoram and lemon rind. The introduction of curry powder has simplified the recipe but the basic concept remains the same. Some recipes also call for chopped onions and almonds to be added to the mixture. Traditionally, bobotie incorporates dried fruit like raisins or sultanas.

We will modify the traditional recipe. We’ll make meatballs without toppings. I think you will like it.

  • minced lamb – 800 g
  • white bread – 2 slices
  • milk – 200 ml
  • olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  • red onion – 1 head
  • garlic – 1 clove
  • curry – 1 tsp
  • pepper – 1 tsp
  • turmeric – 1 tsp
  • lemon – peel of 1 lemon
  • lemon juice – 2 tbsp
  • brown sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • salt – 1 tsp
  • almonds – 12 pieces, crushed
  • raisins – 60 g


  • Put the bread in a bowl and pour fresh milk over it to absorb it.
  • Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic in it. Add curry, turmeric and stir gently. Leave for a minute on the fire.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, add the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, salt, minced meat, crushed almonds, bread and pepper.
  • Make small meatballs from this mixture and arrange them in a tray.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C until golden brown.

Bobotie is usually served with “yellow rice”, which is rice cooked with turmeric. It is often garnished with bay leaves, walnuts, chutney and bananas.


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6 thoughts on “Bobotie – South African specialty

        & TOMATOE DIP

        After a long day, a good, tasty, healthy meal is all one desires when they get home. Not all cuts of beef can be called steak while all steak is beef. A balanced diet will suffice this evening.

        Simple, on a budget n easy to make, here’s today’s recipe.

        Yields; 5
        Prep Time; 30 minutes
        Cook Time; 30 minutes(Steak)
                         ; 10 minutes (Potato Wedges)
                         ;  2 minutes   (spinach)
        Total Time; 1hour 12minutes

           INGREDIENTS (steak)
        ● ½kg Steak
        ● 2 Table Spoon Vegetable oil
        ● ½ Teaspoon salt
        ● ½ cup honey
        ● 1 teaspoon soy sauce
        ● Soy Sauce

           INSTRUCTIONS (Steak)
        1. Shallow cut your steak, horizontally then vertically (to let the flavours to sink in)
        2. Apply oil onto the steak, sprinkle salt n black pepper, Mix well.
        3. Heat your pan, place in your steak, Let it cook till brown.
        4. Sprinkle some water, turn, let it cook.
        ( Add a teaspoon of oil to ½cup honey)
        5. Brush the mixture onto the steak, Arrange your steak on a grill.
        (preheat your oven at 180° for 10 minutes)
        6. Set in your oven for 30 minutes at 180°

           INGREDIENTS(Potato Wedges)
        ● 6 Halved Potatoes
        ● 1 Egg
        ● ½teaspoon tumeric
        ● 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
        ● ½ teaspoon salt
           INSTRUCTIONS (Potato Wedges)
        1. Boil your potatoes for a 5 minutes (In a cooking pan, add a little water)
        2. Let your potatoes cool,(beat your egg, mix with turmeric)
        3. Coat with egg, dip in a Pre-heated pan, Cook till brownish.

        * Chop Spinach.
        * Steam Spinach for a minute or two.

        ◇Crunchy, juicy, leafy mhhhhm n healthy too,
           This is to die for.

               Happy Eating.

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