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Bobotie With Turmeric Basmati & Green Peas

Published by: Chef Braam Botha • Updated: January 23, 2024 • Checked By: Chef Matty Riedel

Bobotie is a traditional South African favourite. The Cape Malay community (aka Cape Muslims) are the descendants of enslaved Muslims who lived in Cape Town during Dutch and British rule. They are famous for their hospitality, festivities and especially their food. Read this article to learn how to make a Bobotie with turmeric basmati and green peas.

Bobotie is a signature Cape Malay dish enjoyed by all South Africans. Ask any South African, and they will tell you about the family recipe passed down from their grandmothers. Here is my family recipe:

Bobotie With Turmeric Basmati & Green Peas Recipe

Bobotie with turmeric basmati & green peas.
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PREP TIME 15 minutes
COOK TIME 25 minutes
COURSE Main Course
CUISINE South Africa
CALORIES 957 kcal



For The Bobotie

  • 300 ml milk
  • 20 ml olive oil
  • 240 gram white onion
  • 5 gram ginger spice
  • 4 gram turmeric price
  • 60 gram chutney sauce
  • 20 gram apricot jam
  • 4 gram chicken stock
  • 2 gram whole coriander
  • 2 gram garam masala spice
  • 800 gram minced beef
  • 80 gram dried raisins
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 gram cardamom spice whole

For The Basmati

  • 300 gram rice
  • 4 gram chicken stock
  • 4 gram turmeric
  • 20 ml butter

For The Green Peas

  • 360 gram frozen peas


For The Bobotie

  • In a pot, gently sauté onion until browned, add mice and cook until thoroughly browned
  • Add spices and remaining ingredients except for egg and milk
  • Cook for another 10 minutes then set aside and let cool
  • In a jug add eggs and milk, whisk together until completely combined
  • Spoon mince mixture into square oven tray/baking dish and spread evenly
  • Gently pour custard mixture over and garnish with a lime-leaf or two
  • Place in preheated oven at 180c and bake until egg mixture has set and turned golden brown

For The Basmati

  • Cook as per package instruction, replace water with chicken stock
  • While rice is cooking, melt butter and mix in turmeric
  • as soon as rice is cooked gently pour turmeric butter over rice while gently mixing with a plastic/wooden spoon until all the rice turns yellow

For The Peas

  • Blanch peas in boiling water for 3-5minutes until tender and cooked through
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Keyword basmati, bobotie, turmeric
Nutritional Information
Calories: 957kcalCarbohydrates: 103gProtein: 60gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 304mgSodium: 252mgPotassium: 1430mgFiber: 9gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 1075IUVitamin C: 43mgCalcium: 228mgIron: 9mg
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If you ever find yourself in Cape Town, check out the famous Cape Malay area, ‘Bo-Kaap’. This area is well known for colourful houses, amazing aromas in the air and great African Jazz.

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