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Recipe Review – The Daring Gourmet, Traditional South African Bobotie


My Homemade Bobotie – Yum!

Recipe Review – Bobotie

I am so excited to be posting this recipe review.  Three reasons:

  1. I am South African
  2. I’ve made this using my own recipe before
  3. This one is way better and it’s DE.LI.CIOUS!

As a South African woman, having a Bobotie Recipe is almost as common as having toothpaste in your bathroom.  Seriously, I would be so bold as to say every South African woman, and many men, would have a bobotie recipe of some kind in the family.  As with toothpaste, there are also hundreds of different recipes.

I tried this recipe out myself with the intention of adding it to my own collection (yes, we sometimes have more than one!) and loved it!  I would recommend this to ANYONE wanting to try a traditional South African recipe.

I found this recipe by chance when looking online for a Bobotie recipe to compare with the one I had to see if they were similar.  I wanted to give mine an added twist because I like to be creative with my recipes.  Most of the time I don’t stick with the actual recipe.  Creativity starts to flow, and I think up all kinds of variations that would enhance or add to the original.  I’m just wired that way! 🙂

I also thought I might explain the correct pronunciation of Bobotie.  If you click on this link you will hear two options for American English or UK English.  I thought this might prove interesting to some readers.

Back to the Recipe

The origins of Bobotie are from early Dutch and Malayasian tastes combined to produce various tried and true recipes.  This link will take you to the recipe.

So what I loved about this particular recipe is it’s use of so many lovely spices as part of the ingredients.

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon allspice
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam or mango chutney
  • 1 tablespoons malt or cider vinegar (I personally recommend using Malt)

Most of the ingredients would be available in any fairly well stocked grocery cupboard.

You should also consider using Chutney when serving your Bobotie.  It’s also a traditional South African condiment which originated from India and contains fruit, vegetables, spices, sugar and vinegar.

Kimberley is a blogger who produces the most amazing recipes from around the globe.  I will be visiting her site regularly to try some other recipes and expand my own knowledge of world cuisine!

Happy cooking everyone!


  • Caroline October 9, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I’ve never heard of Bobotie before, sounds delicious!

    • claire winter October 9, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks for reading Caroline – it is delicious. I hope one day you will try to make it. 😛

  • Jane Russell November 23, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Bobotie is one of the first things I ever cooked! It was in a ‘Round The World’ cookbook that I had as a child.. I had actually forgotten about it, so thanks for the recipe and the trip down memory lane! 🙂

    • claire winter November 24, 2016 at 9:34 am

      An absolute pleasure! So glad it had some good memories with it too! Thanks for stopping by Jane. 🙂


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