Bobotie Balls hEADER

Bobotie Balls – Tangy meatballs and rice is perfect for any occasion

This Bobotie Balls recipe is right at home for any occasion. It tastes even better than it looks.

Bobotie Balls hEADER

South Africa has such a rich history with food. When we celebrate, we celebrate with food. When we need comfort, we have food for that too. And when we want to be creative, we turn to cooking. Our Bobotie Balls recipe is perfect for all of these occasions. It looks great for celebratory photos before you clean your plate. It hits all of your comfort zones and it’s a creative twist on a South African favourite.

This hearty meal includes deliciously cooked meatballs, fluffy eggs and lovely turmeric rice. This Bobotie Balls dish is meaty and tangy from the apricot jam. It even looks like spaghetti and meatballs with the brightest turmeric rice on display. It’s just so photogenic and perfect for your next Instagram post!

Whether this original recipe is Dutch or Cape Malay, it is a winner. Incorporating the rice into the bobotie is just another versatile way of serving this very delicious dish. Our Bobotie Balls are bound to become a family-favourite.

Bobotie Balls

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Recipe by Melissa Jacobs Course: DinnerCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 onions, sliced

  • 25 ml butter

  • 250 ml milk

  • 1 kg lean beef mince

  • 10 ml salt

  • 1 ml pepper

  • 20 ml mild curry powder

  • 10 ml sugar

  • 12.5 ml white vinager

  • 12.5 ml apricot jam

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 3 tbsp chutney

  • 2 slices white bread

  • 1 cup cooked yellow rice (just add a teaspoon of tumeric powder when cooking your rice) 


  • Soak the bread in the milk. Squeeze out the excess milk and put aside.
  • In a frying pan melt the butter, and fry the onions.  Add the mince-meat and brown the meat. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients together, except one egg. 
  • Add the wet bread and the apricot mixture to the mince. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Mix the rice into the mince mixture.
  • Using a ice cream scoop, make balls
  • Place the balls into a greased oven dish.
  • Pour over the milk and egg mixture and bake for 1 hour.
  • Mix the egg with the milk. Pour over the bobotie.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 150°C.

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