Bobotie (Spiced Mince & Custard)

Bee's Baking: BobotieAdapted from Ross Lusted

To be served with a side of South African yellow rice (click for recipe)


Chilli Paste

15g (3 cloves) garlic, chopped
2 small hot chillies
½ green chilli, sliced
2 teaspoons coriander seeds, ground
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, ground
½ teaspoon allspice, ground
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 knob ginger root, peeled and roughly chopped
1 piece fresh tumeric root, peeled and roughly chopped


1kg mince meat (e.g. beef/lamb/pork or a mix – beef and pork were used here)
2 onions, finally chopped
75g breadcrumbs
60ml milk
1 tart apple, peeled and finely diced
50g chutney (ideally Mrs. H. S. Ball’s Original Recipe Chutney, or mango/apricot)
75g raisins, soaked in warm water and drained
½ a lemon, juiced
Salt & pepper, to taste

Custard Topping

2 eggs, large
250ml milk
4 bay leaves


1. Preheat oven to 160°C/3205°F in a conventional oven (reduce by ~20°C/70°F using fan-forced)
2. Combine coriander seeds, cumin, allspice, salt, curry powder, ginger, tumeric, garlic, and chillies in a  food processor until a paste forms (alternatively, use a mortar and pestle)
3. Combine breadcrumbs with the 60ml of milk and fluff with a fork
4. In a large pan, cook onions for 5-6 minutes until softened. Add chilli paste from step 2 and cook for a further 2 minutes (or until fragrant)
5. Add meat to the pan and cook, stirring until browned (around 8 minutes). Add the apple, chutney, raisins, lemon juice, and breadcrumbs
6. Season with salt and pepper to taste and spoon mixture into a baking dish
7. Whisk eggs and milk together, then pour on top of the meat and place bay leaves on top
8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until custard is just set
0. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving with yellow rice – ‘geelrys’ (see recipe), additional chutney, shaved coconut and lime, and/or sliced banana (e.g. pisang)

Nutritional Information

– Recipe yields 6 servings
– Each serving (without condiments or sides) contains ~408 calories, 31g carbs, 43g protein, and 8g fat

Bobotie Collage


1 Comment


    1. Geelrys (South African Yellow Rice) | Bee's Baking 1.0

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