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South African Bobotie

October 19, 2015

South African Bobotie is a delightful dish filled with tender ground beef, spices and aromatics with an egg topping and served with a side cozy side of yellow rice and sultans (raisins). South African Bobotie / http://bamskitchen.com

South African Bobotie is one delicious bite of comfort food that you are just going to love because it is filling, warming, a little spicy, a little sweet and maybe nothing like you have ever tried before. South African Bobotie would be a delicious serve to your trick -or -treaters as it is warming, easy to make in advance and kids love it's tender texture. I first published this recipe for South African Bobotie on March 1st, 2013 and have just updated it to make it dairy and gluten-free.

South African Bobotie / http://bamskitchen.com

A couple of years ago, I enjoyed my first delicious mouthful of a South African Bobotie and I am in forever in love with the flavors, spices, and creamy texture of this dish. Bobotie is a dish from South Africa, made of spiced meat and an egg topping.

South African Bobotie / http://bamskitchen.com

South African cuisine is amazing as it has influences from all over the world and their dishes are a melting pot of spices and flavors. Traditionally, Bobotie is made with beef but also can be made with pork, mutton or lamb and then has curry, chutney, soaked bread to make it moist, sultans (raisins) and other seasonings that make you go back for seconds or maybe even thirds. (Wink...Wink)South African Bobotie / http://bamskitchen.com

I know that the combination of ingredients might not sound like what you are used to but you have to trust me on this. It works! Perfectly balanced in flavor, a little sweet, a little spice a little savory and the creamy and moist texture, especially on these cooler days makes this dish a winner. It is what your body craves. I think this little dish is some true comfort food!

South African Bobotie / http://bamskitchen.com

If you want to make this recipe gluten free, use gluten free ketchup. If you are celiac, you are also going to want to make your own homemade fruit chutney or try another certified gluten-free chutney. I made Joy of Kosher Dried Apricot, Date and Ginger Chutney  and swapped out coconut sugar for the granulated sugar and it was just beautiful. I even used just a little less sugar as you know how I do not like my things too sweet.  Even though Mrs. Balls Chutney does not specifically list any gluten in its ingredients list, it is not made in a gluten free factory. Mrs. Balls Original Chutney is a famous chutney used is South Africa and it is also available in Australia, Canada, Germany, UK and US.

A dear friend of mine, Abbie Wilson, spent several years living in South Africa and this is her families' Bobotie recipe. Abbie's recipe is traditional but she does not include sultans (raisins) in her Bobotie dish. Abbie's family tradition is instead to serve the bobotie with yellow rice with sultans and spices on the side, chutney, roasted butternut squash and peas. Abbie garnished her Bobotie with some toasted coconut and bananas. You have no idea what you have been missing out on.

South African Bobotie / http://bamskitchen.com

As you know, I love when dishes bring in elements from many cultures and blend it into one dish. Abbie mentioned as with any great little curry, sauce and such that the Bobotie is even better on the second day as the flavors have a chance to mingle. This concept is why this dish is just perfect for entertaining as you can make it the day before and pop it back in the oven and sit down with your guests and enjoy your gathering. A very special thank you to Abbie!

South African Bobotie / http://bamskitchen.com

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South African Bobotie

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October 19, 2015

South African Bobotie is a delightful dish filled with tender ground beef, spices and aromatics with an egg topping and served with a side cozy side of yellow rice and sultans (raisins).

(Abbie Wilson)

  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yields: 8 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

ground beef - 1 and 1/2 pounds (750 grams)

bread - 2 slices stale white gluten-free, soaked in boiling water

onions - 2 medium, chopped

ketchup (low glycemic) - 1 tablespoon (gluten-free)

fruit chutney - 5 Tablespoons (used Mrs. Balls original but if celiac you will need to use a gluten-free certified brand or make your own (http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipes/dried-apricot-date-and-ginger-chutney/)

tumeric - 4 teaspoon ground

curry powder - 2 tablespoons ground

salt - 1/2 teaspoon

bay leaf - 2 whole

egg - 1 beaten

almond milk - 1 cup (can use regular milk if no dairy issues)

oil - 1 tablespoon

yellow rice with sultans and spices - optional

bananas - for garnish (optional)

desiccated coconut - for garnish (optional)

Directions

1Preheat oven to 160 degrees C (Heat the oil and soften the onion on a very low flame for about 10 minutes.

2Add tumeric and curry and allow the flavors to mingle for about 2 minutes.

3Add chutney and gluten-free ketchup and cook for another minute.

4Strain water from gluten-free bread and add to pan, continue stirring.

5Add meat and stir lightly with a two pronged fork until evenly cooked. (Using the 2 fork pull apart method, makes the meat super tender)

6Add salt and bay leaves. Cook for a few minutes to allow the essence of the bay leaves to permeate the meat. Remove the bay leaves and discard.

7Place bobotie meat mixture into and greased ovenproof dish (9 in x 11 in)

8Make the Egg topping: a) Beat egg and milk together. b) Pour egg and milk mixture over the meat mixture and bake for about 45 minutes to 55 minutes or until the egg mixture is brown on top.

9Serve delicious cozy South African Bobotie with yellow rice, oven roasted butternut squash and peas on the side. Garnish Bobotie with desiccated coconut and bananas. Enjoy!

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  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    I don’t think I have heard of this dish before but it looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your lovely recipe. YUM!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Anne, I am so glad I met my dear friend Abbie who enlightened us all on this traditional South African Dish. We were so missing out… Take Care, BAM

  • This looks delicious!! Exactly what I need right about now 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Dawn. Abbie is an awesome little cook. It has been a long week and this weekend we needed some cozy comfort dishes to recooperate. Take Care, BAM

  • That sure looks comforting to me !

    • Bams Kitchen

      It is the kind of meal that you really can’t stop at one helping. Thank goodness it make a whole 9 x 11 pan. Take Care, BAM

  • I learn a lot just from reading your blog…very informative and enjoyable! Bobotie sounds nice and looks delicious, We certatinly have to try this one:) Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Annie for your kind comment. My dear little friend Abbie is an awesome little cook! Take Care, BAM

  • This reminds me somewhat of a meat loaf…. it looks delicious and definitely comfort food.

    • Bams Kitchen

      A little bit like meatloaf but so much more flavorful and tender. My boys are not real meatloaf fans but they each went up for 3 helpings of this dish. Take Care, BAM

  • This is the first time I heard about this Bobotie , didn’t have much exposure to South African cuisine 🙂 And this dish looks delicious and just perfect for cool weather 🙂 Thanks for sharing BAM, Cheers

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Rabbit. I know this is just fantastic. I love learning about new cuisines and now that the weather is still cool a perfect time to try this dish. Take care, BAM

  • wow awesome full meal, looks so inviting n tempting

    • Bams Kitchen

      A great little one pan dish especially on these cooler days. Take care, BAM

  • Delicious!!

  • What an awesome name for a lovely dish 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks CCU

  • I am super proudly South African right now! What a magnificent bobotie you made Bam! I didn’t realise you were able to buy Mrs Balls in Hong Kong – awesome!
    Have a beautiful weekend.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Mandy! The credit goes all to my dear friend Abbie, she is an awesome cook. I made it again this week at home and the boys went back for second and third helpings. We had no idea what we were missing out on. I guess you can occassionally get Mrs. Balls Chutney here in Hong Kong or I will have to put my request into Abbie for when she goes back to South Africa to bring me back some. We used Mrs. Ball’s original in the Bobotie but I used the peach Mrs. Balls chutney as a dip and that was quite nice as well. Do you traditionally serve your Bobotie with coconut and bananas too? Have a super weekend, BAM

  • Joyce Barnes

    My recipe from when we lived in South Africa has grated apple in it, but no bananas or coconut. Also, we served Mrs Balls on the side not i the dish itself. Anyway it is a delicious dish and we used to eat it often. Thanks for the memories x

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Joyce, I am glad I could bring some memories back for you. It looks like every family has their little unique spin on this dish and that is what makes it fun trying some different ways to create the dish. The addition of apple sounds lovely. Are you able to find Mrs. Balls’ chutney here in HK? Take care, BAM

  • Dear BAM,

    This bobotie sure looks like comfort food and the egg topping is an enticing twist too.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi There, I know when I was first reading my friend’s recipe I was a little apprehensive about that egg topping but let me tell you this little dish is so tender and flavorful you will wish you tried it sooner. Take care, BAM

  • Comfort food at its best. Could use this dish today, it is gray and cold with a sprinkling of sleeting rain.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Im sorry to hear that the ground hog is once again wrong and still having the winter sleet. If I could I would send you a plate. Sending some warm thoughts your way. BAM

  • Wow …kinda like an eastern Shepherd’s Pie 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello John, It is like a shepherds pie but with some fantastic flavors and super moist. Wishing you a super weekend. BAM

  • I’ve heard of Bobotie and had absolutely no idea what it was! But what is looks like is something that I’d enjoy very much, indeed. Thanks for sharing this recipe BAM. I feel comforted just looking at it! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Betsy, I think we are all on the comfort food kick with this weather. I had seen recipes for this dish before, but there is nothing like a good friend showing you how to make it with an old family recipe. Have a super weekend. BAM

  • This is so interesting! I’ve heard of Bobotie, but never eaten it nor seen a recipe for it. This looks like a fun dish! Definitely something I should try. Thanks so much.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello John, thank you for your comment. This a great little dish for a cozy gathering as it tastes even better the next day and you can enjoy your guests. I think we are on the same wave length as we are both on a comfort food kick. Take care, BAM

  • You did it again … another new (to me anyway) dish! Bobotie sounds delicious and easy to make, thank you 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Brenda, this little bobotie dish was new to me too and I need to start exploring some more South African cuisine as it really is delicious. Have a super weekend. BAM

  • This looks delicious – YUM:) Happy Friday

    • Bams Kitchen

      Happy Friday to you too! I am sitting up straight at my desk after reading your post. Keep your reminders coming. Take care, BAM

  • …and this is why I should never read your blog right before dinner when I’m starving. This looks so good I can almost taste it from here. I wonder if that Mrs. Balls chutney is available over here…I’ll have to check that out. Sounds like the boys liked it.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Diane. I do not know if Mrs. Balls chutney is available internationally but you can exchange with any fruit chutney you like and have available in the markets near you. Have a super weekend. BAM

  • What a delicious and different dish! And, I love the use of chutney!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I do not cook a lot of dishes with chutney and I had no idea what I was missing out on. So very delicious. Have a super weekend. BAM

  • Buona sera, BAM! Bobotie is certainly a new one on me but I do like the sound of it. It certainly looks delicious on the plate and Spring is still weeks away. That means there’s plenty of time left for comfort food. I just might give it a try! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Gratzie John! I heard that you guys were having sleet and miserable weather the other day in Michigan. I do not miss that at all. I think they need to fire that ground hog, as he is always wrong. Bobotie is a dish that will warm your heart and soul on even the cold and dreariest days in Michigan. Sending some warm thoughts your way. Chow, BAM

  • Eha

    Absolutely thrilled to see this recipe on your post! Have been using bobotie as a very favourite buffet dish for more decades than I care to admit to: when first married and amidst the ‘show off’ dinner party circuit, this always brought acclaim! Actually my very favourite recipe comes from ‘Time-Life Foods of the World’ of the 1970 series including African cooking and I still use it on the many occasions during the year I cook the dish. Just out of interest [no value judgment whatsoever implied] I always DO use lamb, and heaps of lemon juice and a grated apple and definitely raisins; also chopped almonds. The main thing was to stick numerous lemon and orange leaves into the baking pan: looked great and gave taste! Methinks this is one of the original ‘fusion’ dishes in the world, and whereas one could not call it ‘gourmet’, it did and does taste absolutly fabulous 😀 !

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Eha your version sound really delicious too. I will just have to keep trying everyone’s version and see which ones the boys like best. May I ask what do you mean by lemon and orange leaves? Do you find these fresh or dried? That sounds like a really nice addition to this dish. Have a lovely weekend. BAM

  • What a lovely dish to introduce you to our cuisine. I don’t like saltanas either so I make one dish without them for me, and one dish with them for Dave 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      I thought of you while we were making this dish. Do you have your version of this recipe posted on your site if so can you share your link? I wish I would have known about this dish sooner as it is so delicious.

  • My friend Angela (who sadly doesn’t blog) made this for us about 2 years ago and I was smitten! It’s wonderful blend of flavours. I recall that she gave us a little doggy bag to take home and I put it into a glass microwavable dish. The next day, we popped it into the micro and bang, the stupid dish exploded! So disappointing, I was really looking forward to the flavours! I’ll bookmark the recipe thanks for sharing.
    BTW, I think you may have meant snow instead of slow in your first paragraph.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Eva, All the anticipation and then the explosion, bummer. Maybe you can give this version a try to make up for the microwave incident. I really enjoy the dimensions of flavors and spices in this dish…some severe comfort food. Thanks for catching my typo.. Take Care, BAM

  • This does looks so warming and cozy, perfect for winter. I’m glad Abbie shared her recipe, too!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Korena, wishing you a super weekend. Take Care, BAM

  • I’ve heard of this dish and seen recipes for it…but never tried it. It looks like a great fusion dish!

    Nazneen

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Nazeen, I was the same way I heard about it but never tried this dish(usually not something you see on a restaurant menu) and it really is something that is made with lots of home cooked love. I am so glad that my dear friend Abbie could share this dish with us. Take Care, BAM

  • Eha

    Sorry BAM about having written so much yesterday: it’s just this is one dish which has become such a firm favourite over the years and so easy to manage for a crowd. The leaves should be fresh [I pick them off the lemon tree just before the dish goes into the oven]: wash about 4-6 and stick them in a pattern half-way into the baking dish. It gives both taste and height to the dish. Have just looked up my book and it suggests fresh orange leaves or even a few dried bay leaves as a substitute!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Eha, this sounds beautiful. I know that the fresh leaves would really add something special to this dish. If I can find them here I will give your version a try, good to know about the bay leaves as substitute. Take care, BAM

  • Definitely comfort food, BAM, and I only need purchase fruit chutney and turmeric. This brings to mind a shepherds pie and could be topped with mashed potatoes.

    • Bams Kitchen

      That is what I love about other foodies we all start thinking about the dishes and how fun it would be to make and to add our own little ideas and substitutions. This dish has all kinds of room to have fun with as there are like a million different versions out there so you just find what you like and go for it. I have not had a shepherds pie in ages and that sounds so good. Sending some warm thoughts your way. Take care, BAM

      • Sending you a smile and a hug!

        • Bams Kitchen

          I needed that. Thanks, Kathleen and one heading your way too.

          • One more, BAM–I made this today. DELICIOUS! Love the curry & turmeric–tasty, yet not overwhelming.

          • Bams Kitchen

            Awesome Kathleen, I am so happy to hear this. I hope you have left overs as it is even better the next day. Very interesting flavors, don’t you think? What kind of fruit Chutney did you use? or did you omit? Love to hear about your experiences. Take Care, BAM

  • Hi Bobby, I didn’ t know your comments were going in spam, I thought you just don’t want to be friends. Thanks for prompting me to look into it and I found some comments as well. I have never heard of this dish and from your photo thought it is shepherd’s pie but this look good one with meat and egg topping with no carbs.

    • Bams Kitchen

      I am sorry my comments have not been going through. I have been following along on your site but after I moved to a self hosted site many computers no longer recognized my IP address. Once my dear friends remove me out of spam and accept my comment this issue usually resolves. Thanks for looking for me and look forward to keeping in touch. This dish actually has bread in it but you could substitute a gluten free option or just leave out. Take care, BAM

  • And, I like that you added fruit chutney in it. So interesting!

  • MMM this looks like a wonderful “comfort food”. I love curried dishes like this one!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Indeed a comfort dish. You know it never gets really cold in Hong Kong but it is damp and with the spices and hot out of the oven it makes you feel so much better. take care, BAM

  • Gosh, this looks so juicy! Bet it’s gone in no time 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Shirley. When I made my friends recipe at home, both of my teenage boys had three helping. Inhaled.

  • Nice bobotie recipe, I made some of those before but not with those side dishes, I think I must try it with those specially when its suggested by a South African

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Ray, my friend Abbie had mentioned if you go out to a restaurant they usually do not serve with bananas and all of the side dishes but this is their homestyle version of this meal, the way her mom used to make it. Take care, BAM

  • Have to confess never heard of bobotie before, but it’s nice to discover new things each time!, This is indeed comfort food at it’s best 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      I am so glad that Abbie introduced this recipe to me so that I could share it with you. I think so many cuisines have a type of meat pie but it is the spices in this one that have you wanting a second helping. Take Care, BAM

  • Beautiful. I’ve always wanted to have this… but actually in south africa. so many delightful flavors in that cuisine!!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      South African cuisine is so interesting. I wish I was introduced to it sooner. Each area of this region has different influences and it really is a melting pot of delicious flavors.

  • This looks so good, thanks for sharing! Always look forward to your posts.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you and my teenage boy has been learning over my shoulder and asks why dont you make me bento boxes anymore like you used to in Japan. Bento Boxes are lots of work and very tedious to make. Wish you lived a bit closer so I could put in an order for lunches. Take care, BAM

  • Liz

    What a warm, comforting dish…exactly what we need with our wintery forecast! I won’t be shoveling show of the roof this time, but maybe off the driveway! I think my body was programmed for a Hong Kong type climate!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Liz, I honestly dont know how I lasted through all of those brutal Michigan winters. Now I am chilled to the bone when the temperature goes below 20 degrees celsius in HK. My blood is getting thin, living here in Asia and this little bobotie is perfect for warming your body from the inside out. Take care, BAM

  • With all those flavors it is no wonder that you fell in love with this dish after the first bite
    I will need to find some fruit chutney to try this soon. It looks like something I don’t want to miss

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Sawson, this little dish really has a melting pot of flavors. Really unique and yet something you just can’t seem to get enough of. Take care, BAM

  • We used to live in Key Largo, Florida and would occasionally drive down to Key West for a weekend. There was a restaurant we enjoyed where Bobotie was one of their special dishes…I remember it’s delicious taste.

    • Bams Kitchen

      The Florida keys are beautiful. I visited the coast and all the keys and Sanabel island on my honey moon. If my travels ever take me back I will be looking for that restaurant. Perfect dish to warm you after a bit of scuba diving.

  • What a comforting dish! I’ve never tried Bobotie and not familiar with South African dishes, but it looks very appetizing and sounds perfect for this cold night today.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Nami-san, I don’t think you would have these new spices in your Japanese kitchen stock but one day give it a try as it is a good make ahead dish when you are really busy with the kids activities. Take care, BAM

  • Thanks for reminding me about this dish. I had this when living in the UK at a friend’s house (from S Africa). Great comfort food!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I am glad I could bring back some warm and comforting memories for you. Take Care, BAM

  • petit4chocolatier

    Bam, you have the most amazing and unique recipes!! I love this. What a great hearty and comforting dish. I have never cooked with fruit chutney. Sounds so good! Looks delicious Bam!!

  • This looks wonderful – I love the ingredients you brought together. I never added fruit chutney but that would add a nice sweetness. I believe my husband would love this! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Jo (http://blog-diggidy.com)

    MMMM….definitely comfort foo! It looks yummy, especially with the other goodies on the plate, very colorful. A very creative twist on ‘meatloaf’… Might have to give this one a go, wonder what my hubby will say?!?!? 😉

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Jo, you know how are husbands are with anything new…! LOL You have to break them in gently but once he tries it I am sure he will love it. 100 more times moister than meatloaf and much more flavor.

  • This looks so tasty and decorative! Good job! I will have to try this.

    • Bams Kitchen

      I think you will really love the spices in this dish, true comfort food. Thanks for stopping by. BAM

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  • This is actually my favourite version of a shepherds/cottage pie. Absolutely love it and while its still freezing in the UK I may rustle one up next week.

    Love the new blog layout btw. Looks remarkably similar to something else, can’t quite put my finger on it? Great minds think alike!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Dave, this is some severe comfort food and the UK is just the place to find every different type of fruit chutney known to man. Yes we have a remarkably similar layout… LOL… yours is stunning! Great minds think alike. I just moved over to this theme about a month ago and still working on getting it the way I want it. It is a work in progress. Take Care, BAM

  • I had never heard of this dish before, but it sounds wonderful and I love these types of flavors. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Allison, it is one of those kind of easy comfort dishes perfect for cold weather.

  • Wow – what an intriguing looking dish this is! I’m pinning to try for sure because it sounds and looks so good and very different!

  • I have to admit, seeing peas and bananas on the same plate threw me off a bit, but reading the recipe convinced me that this dish is as tasty as it looks. Must try! Pinning. Have a great week, Bobbi!

  • Love you update of this dish! I have this on my list of things to make, and really am glad you’ve devised this GF version — I’d love to serve this to someone who just can’t tolerate gluten. Thanks!

  • Absolutely loving this South African Bobotie. This is indeed delightful. So YUM!

  • When I first saw this, I thought this was a variation of a shepherd’s pie – but then in reading more I must say I am so intrigued! I’ve never had Bobotie before and the combo of the fruit chutney and the spices is making me drool! Delicious Bobbi!

  • Wow! This looks wonderful, Bobbi! I love African food, but I’ve never had or even heard of this dish. Thank you for posting this and offering a little insight to the dish as well 🙂

  • I am South African and bobotie is my son’s favourite dish! I absolutely love your version and it looks VERY pretty!

  • Hey Bam, have you made this one especially for me? I’ve just made a litre of almond milk tonight, mainly for hot chocolate though! I love Bobotie, but my wife’s hatred of sultanas prevents me from making it too often. It’s such a bizarre combination, especially with the bananas on the side, but it’s a national dish for one reason. It tastes amazing.

  • Eha

    Dear Bobbi – decided to ‘side-hop’ my current blog hiatus for five minutes as this has been such a steady favourite for over three decades of entertaining – then laughingly found I had commented not once but twice in 2013 !!! Still make it at least once a month and, for those who are not familiar with the very interesting fusion South African cooking – to my way of thinking [and I have dozens of recipes for the dish] the grated apple, slivered almonds, cumin and coriander I have spoken about added to a good curry powder and fresh lemon leaves stuck into the baking dish are kind’of ‘mandatory’ for me 🙂 !! A wonderful buffet dish – but I do use lamb always . . .

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there dear Eha, so glad you like this dish too and again… LOL. I like your idea to use lamb and if was not so expensive in Hong Kong, I would love to try it instead of beef with the grated apple, almonds, cumin and coriander. That is some seriously delicious dish. I know if someone has not tried the dish and they read the list of ingredients they kind of look at you like you have 2 heads but really it is so delicious and nothing like many have tried before. My favorite part about this dish is that it tastes even better the next day so super for entertaining or just lunch the next day. I am wishing you a happy day and that each day you are getting stronger.

  • This dish looks scrumptious and so interesting! I’ve never had Bobotie or South African food for that matter! I’m going to have to give this a try!

  • This dish looks like something I would very much enjoy Bobbi! I love the filling and the outer part! Pinned and shared around!

  • I had this dish once at a friend’s house and he pooh poohed the dish as being ‘down market’ and ‘rustic’ and peasant food. I LOVED it. His recipe is similar to your friend’s. What a comforting meal.

  • I’ve never heard of Bobotie, Bobbi, but I’m licking my lips as I read the list of ingredients. I’m already imagining the flavours – wow! I love so many dishes from South Africa and I know I’ll love this, too. The combination is so unique yet so inviting. Love the appetizing photos!
    Sharing 🙂

  • hotlyspiced

    I’m not very familiar with South African cuisine so thanks for introducing me to one of their dishes. I did spend a few weeks in SA but we ate mostly curries and bries. This looks like a great family dish with lots of yummy flavours xx

    • Eha

      Charlie – if you ate South African food for a fortnight, you are 99% certain to have had bobotie 🙂 ! It is the national dish of the country and the main meat curry [of the Cape Malay type]. Make it and it will bring back a memory. And methinks with the Dutch, Indian, Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian influences in additional to ‘home cooking’ their braais tend to be more exciting than our barbecues that were [times thankfully have changed 🙂 !]

  • Nice! We’re going to South Africa in February so this is a great intro!

  • I had bobotie years ago at a restaurant in Key West, Florida. It was a comforting dish…thanks for reminding that I should try it again.

  • Yum! This sounds really good–haven’t had anything like this!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Nancy! I remember the first time I tried this dish, I could not seem to get enough of it, I feel the same way now.

  • The name bobotie intrigues me, and it looks so interesting! Thank you for bringing us to South Africa and back!

  • International comfort food. Must make soon.

  • WOW!
    Such an interesting dish, so many delicious favours, and any dish served with a coconut banana accompaniment has to be a winner!
    Thanks for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

  • I am so very intrigued!! This sounds so interesting and I really want to give it a go! I always love trying new things, especially when it looks and sounds so good! I’ve never had a savoury dish with banana as an accompaniment either!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I love trying new things too and I can’t wait to try some of your cool drink ideas for a gathering. You always have the most unique ideas. South African Bobotie is one of their national dishes. Our family loves this recipe.

  • This is such an interesting post, Bam. I have heard of bobotie but really had no idea what it was. There are so many lovely flavours in it, and the egg on top thing is interesting. The most surprising element of this is the banana! Would love to try it!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Helen. I am so glad I could share with you a little bit of South Africa. The egg topping is a nice touch and it gets a little golden brown whilst it cooks. I know who would have thought that bananas and coconut would be the perfect garnish to this dish and that is customary to serve along with it but not required.

  • I’ve never seen anything like this! I think we might need to explore some South African cuisine!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I love learning about new cuisines and at first you might be a bit puzzled by the combination of ground meat topped with coconut and a side of bananas. However, you have to take my word for it, it is delicious and has a lovely slightly sweet, savory and spicy mix.

  • I’ve never heard of this dish but it does look comfy indeed. The flavor combination sounds so interesting!

  • Kathleen Richardson

    Ah, I love seeing the South African Bobotie coming around again. It was so delicious when I made it the first time, and the second. Time to make it again, BAM! And I’ll share it on my BAM’s Kitchen board on Pinterest.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there Kathleen, our South African Bobotie recipe was longing for an update, so glad you like that recipe. I am so blessed and honored to see a Bam’s Kitchen board on your pinterest page. Thanks so much for your support.

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