Mum's Bobotie Recipe

It's high time that I fed your minds with some African food!

Let's start in South Africa with Bobotie.

Bobotie to westerners can be defined as a spicy egg topped meatloaf.
To Japanese, I would say that it is an African take on dry curry. The dish has it's roots in the Dutch East India colonies and the Cape Malay peoples of South Africa.
To me it's yummy, pure + simple.

This recipe for the oven rather than a potjie and taken from my memory of my Mum's version with some advice of my own but every mamma has her own ideas on this.

2 slices of stale white bread
(use normal white if you don't have stale bread)
sunflower oil

1 onion, thinly sliced
a couple of pinches of crushed chillies
a couple of pinches of ground cloves
a dessert spoon of curry powder

a teaspoon of garam masala (my addition, mum didnt do this)

a teaspoon of turmeric
salt to taste

500g of lean steak mince (mum would use this or lamb mince)

lemon juice

a handful of rasins (optional, I dint add raisins)

a tablespoon of sugar
1 egg

Ingredients for the Topping

2 eggs lightly beaten
150ml milk

bay leaves to garnish

Soak the bread in water for 10 mins, then squeeze out excess liquid. Heat oil in a large saucepan and fry onion until slightly golden and transparent. Chuck in the spices, salt and mince, stir and continue to fry on a medium heat for 15mins or so. Add in some lemon juice, raisins if you want them, sugar and mix some more for a further 10 mins. Take off the heat, stir in the soaked bread and egg.
Spoon mixture into an oven proof dish and bake in the oven at 160° for 30 mins. Remove from oven and rest. Beat eggs together with milk and salt and pour over bobotie. Add bay leaves and bake for another 10-15 mins at 180°. Serve with yellow rice and salad.

To celebrate the opening of "The Worship Kitchen" page, I would like to host a small food related giveaway.

I am offering this cute set of egg moulds up for the grabbing.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this page saying that you would like to enter.
Giveaway closes at 7pm BST on the 22nd September 2010


  1. It is indeed the right time that you bamboozled our mind with some scrumptious south african food! Thanks for sharing the recipe. It truly does sound quick and delicious! I can't wait to try it out!

    I love recipes that I can make straight away without having to go out and buy ingredients! I think I have everything in the pantry and freezer already (besides the stale white bread..does it have to be stale? or white for that matter?)

  2. It looks soo yummy. Although I haven't tried much African food, I do love the small variety I've tried :D
    I really like your tea pot too :)

    Oo cute giveaway, enter me please! xxx

  3. Your recipe sounds very good. I am going to try it with turkey mince though as I dont eat red meat or pork. Thank you for sharing. Xxxx

  4. omg! it looks so good! my stomach is actually growling right now... o_O i must try this!
    thanks for sharing the recipe with us and im excited for your future posts on your new series! ^^ please enter me to win some cute egg moulds! (its perfect cuz i love eggs. yum yum)

  5. I have 4 egg molds and I love them! It's so hard to find the perfect egg size to fit the mold though. But when it is a success, it's so much fun!

  6. Mom's recipe's are always the best. :)
    And that looks so delicious, I'll have to try it one day.

    kawaii! I'd like to enter!

  7. Wow that looks delicious! I should try that out. The Mr. would appreciate coming home to a meal, I'm sure. We went and had some Eritrean food a couple weeks ago and that was quite good. I would love to explore more types of African food.

  8. This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing recipes for food which is near to your heart!
    Yep, I´m in london as of last night! Please let me know if you have time for a meet up!

  9. even thought I am a vegetarian still doesn't stop me saying yum :)

    -( plus I can substitute the mince for meat free mince ) ahh lol

    Looks lovely, which is a good thing as we eat with the eyes. xo

  10. All I gotta say is: Hiro is one lucky dude!
    Those recipes. Yummy.

  11. Ohh this sounds and looks soo goooooood!!! You mum must be an awesome cook! I think this sounds splendid to make, but I'd have to take out the chillies, since I'm such a wimp! LOL!

    Cute molds!!! You're such a sweety for sharing the recipe and havin a giveaway! :)

  12. lol! gosh that is so cute! this might be a stupid question and you can probably tell i dont really cook. xD Is it microwaveable?

  13. aahh that looks really yummy. i have never seen anything like it!!

  14. that looks so tasty! can't wait to see what else you'll be cooking up in your kitchen!

  15. My African sister from another mother, I cannot wait to try this out! It has been years since I've had a good babotie. I can has a Potjie that I smuggled out of Africa, gonna see if there's any way I can rig it up.
    Time to hit the African spice market!
    I have the same egg moulds, the boy won't let me use them cos they're not "manly" to have in a lunch box. Meh.

  16. mmhh...that looks yummy!!! I haven't tried African food yet, so i'm going to try this recipe and have a lil' taste of what African food is:)ohh..please Enter me to your giveaway please XD

  17. I'm so late with commenting! So glad you're introducing a food blog coz I do prefer style posts separate to food.

  18. nommmmmm, i love dry curry! sounds quite good :D


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