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Bobotie (South African meat pie)
Bobotie (South African meat pie)

Bobotie (South African meat pie)

Preparation 20 min
Cooking time 40 min
Servings 4 to 6


  • 2 lemons
  • 3 slices of stale bread, crusts removed
  • 250 ml (1 cup) milk
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) fresh ginger, chopped
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) curry powder
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) turmeric
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) ground coriander
  • 225 g (1/2 lb) ground beef
  • 225 g (1/2 lb) ground veal
  • 225 g (1/2 lb) ground lamb
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 90 ml (6 tbsp) slivered almonds, toasted
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) raisins
  • 10 dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) mango chutney
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 large bay leaves


  1. Grate the zest of 1 lemon and set aside.
  2. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl.
  3. Thinly slice the other lemon and set aside.
  4. In a bowl, break the bread into large pieces and add 60 ml (1/4 cup) of milk. Let soak.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  6. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  7. Sweat the onions for 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Add the garlic, ginger, curry powder, turmeric and coriander.
  9. Cook for 1 minute.
  10. Add the ground meat. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Turn up the heat to maximum. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. (The meat must not be completely cooked, it should be slightly pink.)
  12. Place the meat mixture in a bowl.
  13. Add the milk-soaked bread, the almonds, raisins, apricots, grated zest and the mango chutney.
  14. Stir gently and place in a 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 in.) gratin dish.
  15. Lightly press the mixture with the back of a spoon,
  16. In another bowl, beat the eggs with the rest of the milk.
  17. Top the preparation with the egg wash.
  18. Garnish with lemon wedges and bay leaves.
  19. Cook in the oven for 40 minutes or until the top is nicely browned.
  20. Remove from the oven and set aside to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  21. Serve as is or with rice.
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