Spier’s bobotie puts a new twist on tradition


Mildly spiced beef mince bobotie remains a true South African classic – a favourite all across our land.

Spier Wine Farm’s version is a little less sweet than usual, omitting the dried fruit and apricot jam for a more savoury result. The addition of curry leaves lends a deliciously nutty, complex flavour.

Enjoy this savoury bobotie with a crisp white wine like the Spier Signature Chenin Blanc.

No-raisin beef bobotie with curry leaves (serves 6)


  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely grated
  • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 20 ml (4 teaspoons) mild curry powder
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground turmeric
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground coriander
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground cumin
  • 1 kg lean beef mince
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 60 ml fruit chutney
  • 30 ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 30 ml tomato paste
  • 2 slices white bread, soaked in water
  • 125 ml milk
  • 1 x egg
  • 12 curry leaves (fresh or dried)


In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat and add the onions. Fry until soft and translucent, then add the garlic and ginger and fry for another 30 seconds.

Add the curry powder, turmeric, coriander and cumin, and fry, stirring, for a minute.

Divide the beef mince into 3 batches and add 1 batch at a time, turning up the heat to high and stirring after each addition and waiting for the meat to change colour from pink to grey (do not brown) before adding more.

When all the meat has changed colour, season generously with salt & pepper, then add the lemon juice, chutney, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste and soaked bread (break up the bread into chunks – it will continue to break down while cooking).

Stir well, then turn down the heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook slowly for 25 minutes, scraping the bottom often to prevent burning. In the meantime, pre-heat your oven to 180 °C.

In a medium jug, mix the milk and egg well and season with salt & pepper.

When the meat mixture is ready, transfer it to a suitable deep baking dish and smooth the top evenly. Pour over the milky egg mixture and dot all over with curry leaves.

Bake at 180 °C for 35 minutes or until golden and bubbly on top.

Remove and serve hot with rice, fresh coriander, toasted coconut, chutney and tomato salsa (or your choice of sambals).

About the wine: Signature Chenin Blanc

Retailing from R65 per bottle, this crisp and fruity Chenin Blanc offers green guava, pear, apple and hints of litchi on the nose. It has a well-balanced palate and a strong finish and is perfect for friendly summer gatherings, picnic-style meals or a mildly spiced bobotie.

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