I had never heard of this dish until a crew member challenged me to try and make one as good as his mothers… This…is… Bobotie… a South African national dish, and I can only describe it as a sweet and savoury yummy shepherds pie with a twist! It might sound strange but give it a go, it will become a new household favourite!


  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2 slices Bread
  • 100ml Milk
  • 1tbsp Corriandor Seeds
  • 1tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2tsp Tumeric
  • 2 Onions (diced)
  • 2 Garlic (crushed)
  • 1 Carrot (diced)
  • 500g Lamb/Beef Mince
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 3tbsp Peach Chutney
  • 3tbsp Sultanas
  • 70g Almonds
  • Topping:
  • 3 Eggs
  • Tumeric 1/2tsp
  • Bay Leaves 3


  1. Heat oven 180℃
  2. Soak pieces of bread in the 100ml of milk
  3. Heat spices in a dry pan and grind
  4. Fry onions, add garlic, add spices
  5. Once onions are soft add the carrots and mince and fry until mince has browned
  6. Add remaining ingredients, simmer, cover for 5mins.
  7. Whilst the pot is simmering make the topping for the Bobotie by whisking together all the ingredients listed
  8. Break up the bread which has been soaking in the milk and add this to the mince pot, transfer the fruity meaty contents to a baking dish.
  9. Pour topping mix evenly over the top of all your ingredients (it may seem strange but trust it)
  10. Put the baking dish in the oven for 30-35mins or until the topping has set and starts to brown.

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