Best Bobotie


Bobotie is a South African dish similar to meatloaf but so much better. Ground beef is seasoned with slightly sweet curry, topped with a milk and egg custard, and baked until golden brown. It's delicious!

looking down at a skillet of Bobotie with a spoonful resting in
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
1 9x13-inch dish


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 medium onions, minced

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 slices Texas toast thick-sliced bread

  • ½ cup raisins

  • 1 tablespoon hot chutney

  • ½ tablespoon curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon apricot jam

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onions in hot oil until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Crumble ground beef into the skillet; cook and stir until brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Pour milk in a shallow dish. Soak bread in milk. Squeeze excess milk from bread and set milk aside.

  4. Add bread to beef mixture. Stir in raisins, chutney, curry powder, apricot jam, salt, and black pepper. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.

  6. Whisk together reserved milk, egg, and a pinch of salt. Pour over top of beef mixture. Lay bay leaf on top of milk mixture.

  7. Continue baking until top is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

375 Calories
27g Fat
17g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 375
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 379mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 381mg 8%

* 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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