Bobotie, a Fruity, Spicy Beef Dish

This mildly spicy meat dish with an egg custard topping, was declared the national dish of South Africa in 1954. It’s sure to become a family favourite.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes to 50 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes to 1 hour 60 minutes

Serves: 6


  • 500g pack Waitrose Aberdeen Angus Extra Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp medium curry powder
  • 3 tbsp mango chutney
  • 50g Waitrose Orange River Sultanas
  • 350ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 slices wholemeal bread, crusts removed
  • 3 large eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Heat a large non-stick frying pan and fry the beef over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring all the time. Add the onion and cook for a further 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to soften and the beef is lightly browned.
  2. Add the garlic and curry powder and fry for 1-2 minutes to allow the spices to cook. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the mango chutney and sultanas.
  3. Pour about 200ml of the milk into a small bowl. Tear the bread into small pieces and add to the milk. Leave to soften for a minute then stir into the beef mixture.
  4. Tip the mixture into either 6 individual shallow ovenproof dishes, or a 2-litre shallow, ovenproof dish. Press down well with the back of a spoon.
  5. Mix the remaining milk with the eggs and a little seasoning, and beat lightly. Pour over the beef and place in the oven for 30-40 minutes until the mixture is piping hot and the top golden brown. Serve with a light salad of chopped cucumber, cherry tomatoes and sweetcorn.