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Traditional Bobotie & Yellow Rice – Comfort food for the family


Oct 31, 2021

Here in South Africa we love food. We celebrate everything while cooking and eating our favourites and sharing with our friends and family. Comfort food is the best kind of food to have with the ones you love and curry is the way to go. Traditional Bobotie & Yellow Rice is a traditional South African favourite masala-based baked curry with yellow rice that is always delicious.

Traditional Bobotie & Yellow Rice is a beef mince and masala curry baked with a top layer of eggs and served with turmeric rice. It originated in the Western Cape of South Africa and is now enjoyed all over the country for family dinner. This dish is a very mild curry but is packed with tons of flavours that will have your mouth watering just thinking about it.

It’s getting close to the holidays and Traditional Bobotie & Yellow Rice is the way to go. Perfect for a weekend lunch or weekday dinner with those you love.

Traditional Bobotie & Yellow Rice Recipe

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Recipe by Cass Abrahams
Course: MainCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Medium

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A lovely blend of flavours accounts for the popularity of this well-known Cape Malay dish.


2 thick slices of stale white bread

250 ml water

1 tbsp vegetable oil

4 tbsp butter

2 large onions, chopped

800 g beef mince

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tbsp Masala

1 tsp turmeric

2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp ground coriander

3 cloves

½ tsp peppercorns

5 ml allspice

½ cup sultanas

¼ cup flaked almonds

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

2 tbsp chutney

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

6-8 lemon leaves

1 cup milk

2 eggs, beaten


Soak bread in water.Fry onions in oil and butter until just transparent.Place all other ingredients except bread, lemon leaves, milk and egg in a large bowl and mix.Add fried onions in oil to mixture.Squeeze water from bread, add bread to meat and mix well.Spread in a greased ovenproof dish. Roll lemon leaves into spikes and insert into the mixture.Bake at 180°C / 350°F for 30 minutes.Lightly beat eggs and milk together and pour over meat. Bake until egg mixture has set.Serve with yellow rice ant blatjang.

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