Bobotie Recipe

Here is a delicious bobotie recipe from South Africa, which is a traditional ground beef dish originating in Malaysia. Now you can make your own from scratch. Enjoy!

bobotie recipe

The Bobotie Recipe

bobotie recipe

Bobotie Recipe

Janet Thorne
A traditional Cape-Malay recipe from South Africa.
Course Main
Cuisine South African


  • 1 lbs cooked Ground Beef
  • 1 big Onion
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 slice bread soaked in milk
  • 1 tbsp Curry (paste or powder – I use paste)
  • ½ cup Coconut (not sweet or almonds)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Apricot jam or 1 dessert spoon honey
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 3 Eggs


  • Cook the ground beef with onion in oil or butter.
  • Add a little salt and pepper and one tablespoon tomato paste for flavor to the ground beef. Also add a little parsley.
  • In a different pan, fry the onions in butter and add curry – allow to become darker.
  • Beat the eggs and milk together.
  • Add lemon juice into curry mixture, then Apricot jam, coconut, bread & vinegar.
  • Add ground beef and one third of milk & egg mixture.
  • Bake for ten minutes in pyrex dish uncovered at 325 °F.
  • Then pour over the balance of milk & egg mixture and leave in oven until brown.

This scrumptious recipe comes from Janet Thorne, and was submitted by Mollie Wing. Thanks to both. 

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  • This recipe looks awesome!!! Since I don’t use grain flour, do you think almond or coconut flour would work well as a substitute? Thanks!

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