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South African Bobotie

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)
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Mains
Cuisine: South African
Servings: 8
Calories: 320kcal
Author: HWC Magazine


  • 1.5 pounds ground beef (minced)
  • 2 slices bread
    white gluten-free, soaked in boiling water
  • 2 onions
    medium, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
    (low glycemic) (gluten-free)
  • 5 tablespoon fruit chutney
    (used Mrs. Balls original but if celiac you will need to use a gluten-free certified brand or make your own)
  • 4 teaspoon turmeric
    dried ground
  • 2 tablespoon curry powder
    dried ground
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 whole bay leaf
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup almond milk
    (can use regular milk if no dairy issues)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • yellow rice with sultans and spices
  • bananas for garnish (optional)
  • desiccated coconut for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees C (Heat the oil and soften the onion on a very low flame for about 10 minutes.
  • Add tumeric and curry and allow the flavors to mingle for about 2 minutes.
  • Add chutney and gluten-free ketchup and cook for another minute.
  • Strain water from gluten-free bread and add to pan, continue stirring.
  • Add meat and stir lightly with a two pronged fork until evenly cooked. (Using the 2 fork pull apart method, makes the meat super tender)
  • Add 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.
  • Place bobotie meat mixture into and greased ovenproof dish (9 in x 11 in)
  • Make 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.
  • Serve 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!


This is one meal that makes a lot so eat one day and freeze for a day that is crazy busy and you want dinner in a flash.
Bobotie is a great make ahead meal for Meal Prep Sunday. Actually, the longer the flavors have to mingle the more delicious it is.
You will want to refrigerate your left overs up to 3 days and then can freeze up to 2 months in a freezer safe container and then just heat and eat in the microwave.
If we are going to freeze bobotie, we usually like to pre-slice it so we can take out as many servings as you need.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 3mg