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A true South African classic : Bobotie with yellow rice and sweet pumpkin

Bobotie is considered by many to be the national dish of South Africa. It is also one of those dishes that reflects a history which has prepped, simmered and melted together to create what we now know as South African cuisine.

Follow this recipe to enjoy delicious and wholesome bobotie. Serve it the traditional way with stewed sweet pumpkin and yellow rice to make it a true South African feast.


  • 2 onions, thickly sliced
  • 3 cups water, or as needed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 slice white bread
  • 1 cup milk
  • 500 grams lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chutney
  • 6 almonds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 4 bay leaves

1.Heat water in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and add the onion slices. Reduce heat and simmer until the onions appear translucent, three to five minutes. Remove the onions and finely chop them.
2.Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has browned slightly.
3.Preheat oven to 175°C. Grease a baking dish.
4.Soak the slice of bread in the milk and gently squeeze out the milk; set the milk aside. Crumble the bread into a large mixing bowl. Mix bread together with ground beef, curry powder, 1 egg, sugar, salt, black pepper, turmeric, vinegar, chutney, almonds and raisins.
5.Place the mixture the prepared baking dish. Insert the bay leaves into the meat. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.
6.Beat the remaining egg with 3 tablespoons of the drained milk. Pour over the meat and bake for another 30 minutes.
7.Serve with yellow rice and sweet pumpkin.

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