Bobotie Recipe


Serves 4-6

Bobotie is a beloved comfort food casserole enjoyed in South Africa. The curried ground beef filling complements a creamy, custard-like topping. Yellow rice and cucumber salad are great sides for this entrée.


  • 3 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup mango chutney
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • Custard Topping:
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 3 bay leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place bread in bowl with milk to soak. Grease a 10-inch casserole dish or 10-inch cast-iron pan and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes or until soft and translucent. Stir in garlic, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, and Italian seasoning. Add ground beef, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Cook and stir, breaking meat into crumbles. Once beef is no longer pink, remove pan from heat.
  3. Add vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, chutney, and raisins (if using). Mix well. Add soaked bread and work into mixture. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. Transfer mixture to prepared casserole dish. Use the back of a large spoon to pack it down. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, whisk together all custard ingredients (except bay leaves).
  6. After meat has baked for 40 minutes, remove from oven and uncover. Pour custard mixture over top. Arrange bay leaves on custard. Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until egg mixture has set.


Amount Per Serving (based on 6 servings)
Calories: 450
Total Fat: 25 g
Saturated Fat: 11 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 190 mg
Sodium: 910 mg
Carbohydrates: 29 g
Fiber: 2 g
Total Sugar: 14 g
Added Sugars: 0 g
Protein: 27 g
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