Bobotie is a South African food that has been known in the Cape of Good Hope since the 17th Century.  Its origins in South Africa began with the Cape Malays, many of whom were brought as slaves by the Dutch from South East Asian countries, mainly  Indonesia, which was a Dutch colony for over 300 years, and Dutch Malacca.

My favourite recipe book is ‘The Complete South African Cookbook’ by Magdaleen van Wyk.  This recipe is taken from her book and is easy to prepare and always goes down well.


1 kg mince

1 thick slice white bread

2 tsps curry powder

1 dessert sp sugar

2 tbsp dripping (or oil or butter)

½ cup vinegar

2 medium onions

2 eggs

1 cup hot milk

1 dessert sp chutney or apricot jam

1 grated apple


Soak the bread in the milk while you prepare the other ingredients.

Fry onion then add the curry and sugar.

Remove from the stove and add the jam or chutney and vinegar.

Mix meat and bread (soaked with the milk) with the salt and apple.

Mix in the curry mixture.  Bake at 170 C for 45 minutes.

Mix two eggs in the remaining milk.  Pour over Bobotie and brown.

Serve with a green salad or vegetables.


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