South African Bobotie

The origin of this popular South African is unknown. Bobotie was most likely influenced by the Malaysian and Dutch cuisine. This creamy meat pie balances a sweet-sour-spicy flavor.

Special with Lemon Thyme

The fresh lime leaves from the authentic recipe are usually substituted with bay leaves. Lemon thyme comes closer to the authentic flavor and fills the kitchen with a fragrant smell.

Apricot Ginger Chutney

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1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 inch ginger, finely chopped or grated
1/4 cup white vinegar
oil, salt
Optional: sugar to taste


In a small POT, heat 1 tbsp oil.

Fry 1 onion on medium heat until golden. 

Add apricots, ginger, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 cup water, sugar + salt to taste.

Cover and cook over low heat for 30-60 min.

The Bobotie Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Amchoor, yellow mustard, curry leaves, fenugreek, onion, ginger, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, cumin, cilantro, garlic, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon 

[2] Nutmeg. turmeric, lemon thyme

  • Add chopped almonds and/ or 1 oz raisins to the meat.
  • Substitute meat with lentils or chopped mushrooms.
  • Garnish with fresh leaves (bay, curry, or basil).
  • Add an apricot-ginger-chutney as a side (see recipe above).