Bobotie Balls hEADER

Traditional bobotie balls: A fun twist on a classic South African dish

When the evenings cool down, it’s time for some fun cooking. Try these sweet and spicy traditional bobotie meatballs with your family this week.

Bobotie Balls hEADER

It’s time for more of your faovurite family dishes that you can enjoy on the cold winter nights. Bobotie, a curry mince dish with an egg topping is most popular within the Cape Malay and Afrikaans comminities. It’s a non-spicy yet aromatic dish well known for it’s sweetness thanks to apricot jam. You can put a fun twist on this classic dish when you make some traditional bobotie balls. These meatballs just put a fun element into one of your faovurite dishes.

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Traditional bobotie balls tips

The recipe is simple and you’ll be doing everything almost exactly like you usually would but making meatballs after the first bit of cooking. All of the flavours and textures are there and you can add the raisins if you’re one of those people that like that. Not only are these meatballs fun to make but they work well to portion out each serving. You can serve it with the traditional yellow turmeric rice or go off-book and make spaghetti and bobotie meatballs.

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When the evenings cool down, it’s time for some fun cooking. Try these sweet and spicy traditional bobotie meatballs with your family this week.

Last updated on 28 April 2023

Traditional bobotie balls recipe

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Recipe by Melissa Jacobs Course: DinnerCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 2 onions, sliced

  • 25 ml 25 butter

  • 250 ml 250 milk

  • 1 kg 1 lean beef mince

  • 10 ml 10 salt

  • 1 ml 1 pepper

  • 20 ml 20 mild curry powder

  • 10 ml 10 sugar

  • 12.5 ml 12.5 white vinager

  • 12.5 ml 12.5 apricot jam

  • 1 tsp 1 turmeric

  • 3 tbsp 3 chutney

  • 2 slices 2 white bread

  • 1 cup 1 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.
  • Mix the egg with the milk. Pour over the bobotie.
  • Pour over the milk and egg mixture and bake for 1 hour at 150°C..

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