Bobotie (South African Meatloaf)


Not your regular meatloaf! This sweet and savory loaf is enhanced with the textures of raisins and almonds and the spiciness of curry. Pleasantly different. If using high quality curry, use 1 1/2 tablespoons; most store bought curries are not as flavorful so use more. If looking for more sweetness, try adding apricot preserves or a fruit chutney.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 onions, diced

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats

  • ¾ cup golden raisins

  • ¼ cup slivered almonds

  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons curry powder, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • ¾ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef

  • 4 bay leaves, or more to taste

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a large baking dish.

  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in melted butter until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Combine 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, oats, raisins, almonds, vinegar, curry powder, sugar, salt, turmeric, and black pepper in a large bowl. Add onions and ground beef; mix well. Spread the beef evenly into the prepared baking dish; top with bay leaves.

  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and drain excess fat from the beef.

  5. Beat 1 egg and 1/4 cup milk together in a bowl; pour over the beef mixture.

  6. Continue baking in oven until the top is beginning to brown, about 30 minute more. Remove and discard bay leaves to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

399 Calories
20g Fat
26g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 399
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 150mg 50%
Sodium 706mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 584mg 12%

* 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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