South African Bobotie

South African Bobotie
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Takes 50 minutes to make and 30 minutes in the oven

Bobotie is a traditional South African dish of curried minced meat baked with a creamy egg-based topping, similar to moussaka.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g lamb mince
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1½ tbsp curry powder
  • 1 dessert apple, cored and chopped
  • 40g ground almonds
  • 25g raisins
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 white bread slice soaked in
  • 125ml milk

For the topping

  • 300ml Greek yogurt
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 15g flaked almonds


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, until soft. Increase the heat, add the minced lamb and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, until browned. Drain off the fat in a sieve, then return the meat to the pan.
  2. Preheat oven to 200C/fan180C/gas 6. Add the purée and cinnamon and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add curry powder, apple, ground almonds, raisins, lemon juice and 250ml water. Simmer for 10 minutes, stir in bread and milk, then tip into an ovenproof dish.
  3. Mix yogurt with eggs, spoon over mince, top with flaked almonds. Bake for 30 minutes.


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