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From the Kitchen

Bobotie, a South African dish for cold winter evenings

By 21st Jun 2016 No Comments

Every now and then as a child, my mother would spoil us by preparing her home-made bobotie served with turmeric-infused rice. We considered this a real treat, and Bobotie evenings were the best family meal evenings. I can still remember the aroma of the cumin, coriander, curry spices and onion being sautéed off in the background as I was supposed to be doing my homework (but was, in fact, most probably playing toy soldiers or terrorising my older sister). I would hear the sound of my mother’s voice shouting “Dylan Grey Frost, leave your sister alone!” Happy days…

I chose this recipe as it reminds me of the cold winter evenings of my childhood. It’s also extremely versatile – you can enjoy it as a family, or serve to guests at dinner parties and on special occasions.

Bobotie is one of the well-known traditional South African recipes, and has such an easy recipe to follow. Be careful not to over spice though, as it can ruin the dish.


  • 1kg lean beef mince meat
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 15ml curry powder
  • 15ml cumin powder
  • 7ml turmeric powder
  • 125ml Mrs Balls chutney
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 5ml salt
  • 100g dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, grated
  • 50g sultanas
  • 50g flaked almonds
  • 3 bay leaves



  • Toast the spices on a low heat and set aside.
  • Fry the onions until light brown, then add the spices back into the pot.
  • Add the meat and leave to cook over low heat, stirring.
  • Add all the other ingredients and leave to cook for another 30 minutes over low heat.
  • Keep on stirring from time to time.
  • Remove from the heat.


Serves 12.


You may have heard people say, “No-one, not even myself, can cook like my mother can”. I beg to differ on this one! I think my beloved mother could take a few lessons from me… Love you mom!

Chef Dylan

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