Bobotie from Boschendal Manor House


This authentic bobotie recipe is made at the exclusive Boschendal Manor Vineyard in Boschendal, South Africa.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
1 to 2 - quart baking dish


  • 1 slice day-old bread

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 large onions, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • 2 pounds ground lamb

  • ½ cup raisins

  • 4 (2 inch) pieces lemon zest

  • 12 blanched almonds, chopped

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons mango chutney, chopped

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 2 quart baking dish. Place the bread in a shallow dish, and pour the milk overtop, allowing it to soak in.

  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and stir in the curry powder. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, then set the skillet aside to cool.

  3. As the onion mixture cools, combine the ground lamb, raisins, lemon zest, almonds, lemon juice, chutney, and 1 egg in a large bowl. Squeeze excess milk from the slice of bread, and add the bread to the lamb mixture; reserve the remaining milk. Season with sugar, salt, pepper, and turmeric. Add the onions to the lamb mixture, and mix until well combined. Scrape the mixture into the prepared baking dish, and level the top.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Beat the remaining egg with the remaining milk, and pour evenly over the top of the casserole. Return the casserole to the oven, and continue baking until the custard has set and the top is golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

371 Calories
22g Fat
21g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 409mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 532mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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