Bobotie - South African Cape Malay Casserole

“This is a family recipe from my birth country. It is absolutely unusual and fabulous for potluck dinners as the meat mixture and rice should be served at room temperature to enhance flavours. The accompaniments complete the exotic presentation of the dish. Your guests will be begging for the recipe!”
2hrs 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak the bread in the cup of milk, set aside.
  2. In a large, non-stick skillet, brown the ground beef.
  3. Add the onions, garlic, curry powder and turmeric and cook until the onions are soft.
  4. Add sugar, vinegar, raisins, apple, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour in water and gravy mixture and cook gently until it starts to thicken.
  6. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  7. Gently squeeze excess milk from the bread (add the milk to the custard topping) and tear apart into chunks.
  8. Fold into meat mixture together with the beaten egg.
  9. Place the meat mixture into a greased 9 x 9" casserole dish and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  11. Prepare custard topping.
  12. For the custard topping: beat together the milk, eggs and salt.
  13. Gently pour over the cooled meat mixture.
  14. Sprinkle with nutmeg and place bay leaves on top.
  15. Return casserole to oven until the top is set- about 20 to 25 minutes.
  16. Serve warm (not hot or better still, room temperature) alongside yellow rice and sambals on the side.
  17. Cook rice in the usual manner adding turmeric and salt to the water.
  18. Drain and fluff up, add almonds.
  19. Place the sambals in small serving dishes and allow guests to help themselves.

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