South Africa – Bobotie

by Verdzekov Bernard

This is another African delicacy which originates mainly from South Africa. This cuisine is processed and baked. It is delicious and has a wonderful aroma. I like delicious meals and I cook for who so ever I like to cook for. You know, there is this mentality of men usually always visiting but the woman so as to eat their delicious meals. To me, it is the revers. I will hardly do that. And even when I do, I begin to note the things that are missing in the meal the prepared. Back then in the university, due to the fact that I already trained myself on cooking, girls instead visited me. Lol. They will come to eat after school or on days I don’t have classes or weekends. I always have that attitude of naming the dish when anyone begins eating and calling the country. So, because of this, I could even say, because of me, some of my friends have eating most African dishes like me. I hope one day I will open my own restaurants. To prepare Bobotie, follow guide below;


  • 2 pounds of ground beef
  • Vegetable oil 
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 table curry powder 
  • ½ cup raisins
  • Bay leaf 
  • Salt to taste 
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of Jam
  • 1 egg 
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper
  • Onions 


  • Heat your vegetable oil.
  • Fry your onions until it is translucent
  • Add in your ground beef and stir well. 
  • On other side, steep your bread in milk, drain and add into the pot and stir. 
  • Transfer everything into your baking tins. 
  • Preheat your oven. 160C/180C
  • In one bowl, mix your pepper, jam, raisins, curry powder and salt to taste. Mix well and put 
  • into your baking tin. Shake or mix so that ingredients mix. 
  • Put in your oven and bake. This should take at most 1hr.
  • Go ahead to mix your milk and egg and some salt to taste. Remove your bake tin and pour the mixture on the Bobotie then cut your bay leaf and add on it. Then put back in the oven. Observe, if after 25-30 the top of your Bobotie is brown, remove and serve. 


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