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Noordhoek Café Cape Malay Bobotie


Although originally Bobotie was known as ‘bobotok’ and was an Indonesian dish, it was spiced up by the Cape Malay cooks and is now is a well-known dish, perfect for a wintery Cape Town day.

Cape Malay Bobotie

Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 2.5/5
( 15 voted )


  • 500g minced meat (lamb or beef)
  • 2 slices white bread (preferably a couple of days old)
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 large onion peeled and chopped
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar (optional)
  • 6 bay leaves
  • For the topping:
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk (our secret is use yoghurt instead)


. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

. Pour cold water to cover over the bread and set aside to soak.

. Meanwhile fry onions in oil until they are soft and starting to colour, 10 minutes.

. Add cloves, garlic, salt, curry powder, two of the bay leaves and turmeric and simmer for 5 minutes adding drops of water if necessary.

. In a separate bowl combine the minced meat with the onion mixture, eggs, lemon juice and sugar.

. Squeeze the water from the bread and mix until well blended.

. Transfer the mixture into an ovenproof dish (23 x 33cm and about 5-6cm deep).

. Press the mixture down well and smooth the top. You can make this and chill one day ahead.

. For the topping, beat the milk and eggs, then pour over the meat.

. Top with the remaining bay leaves and bake for 35-40 minutes until the topping is set and starting to turn golden.


You can also add a handful of toasted, slivered almonds into the meat mixture

You can add sultanas to give it a little sweeter flavour if you like




Serve with almond yellow rice and a mango chutney

Available at the NOORDHOEK CAFÉ & DELI daily and in take away meals.

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