Spicy Bobotie Recipe

spicey south african bobotie


  • 500g minced beef or lamb
  • 2 slices of white bread, soaked in milk
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons hot chutney
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (adjust according to your preference for heat)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sultanas or raisins
  • 2 tablespoons flaked almonds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 eggs
  • 250ml milk
  • Splash of hot sauce (optional, for extra heat)


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until golden and fragrant.
  3. Add the minced meat to the pan and cook until browned, breaking up any lumps with a spoon.
  4. In a separate bowl, squeeze out the excess milk from the soaked bread and crumble it into the meat mixture. Stir well to combine.
  5. Add the curry powder, turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, hot chutney, chili powder, tomato paste, vinegar, sultanas or raisins, and flaked almonds to the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything thoroughly and let it simmer for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. Transfer the spicy meat mixture to a greased ovenproof dish, spreading it out evenly.
  7. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and milk together. Pour this custard mixture over the meat, ensuring it covers the entire surface.
  8. If desired, add a splash of hot sauce over the custard layer for an extra kick of heat.
  9. Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until the custard is set and golden brown on top.
  10. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
  11. Serve the spicy bobotie with yellow rice, chutney, and sambals for a complete and flavorful meal.

Enjoy the fiery excitement and bold flavors of this spicy bobotie variation! Adjust the amount of chili powder and hot sauce according to your personal preference for heat. This dish will surely awaken your taste buds and add a delightful kick to your dining experience.

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