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Recipe of the day: Tasty vegetarian Bobotie

If you are not a fan of meat, there are plenty of options for you to enjoy, such as indulging in a homemade vegetarian bobotie.

Introducing a delicious twist on a classic South African favourite.

The Vegetarian bobotie takes all the rich and savoury flavours of the traditional dish and transforms them into a meat-free delight.

With a hearty blend of vegetables and aromatic spices, this dish not only caters to vegetarian preferences but also promises a culinary adventure for everyone to enjoy.

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Tasty vegetarian Bobotie

If you are not a fan of meat, there are plenty of options for you to enjoy, such as indulging in a homemade vegetarian bobotie.

  • Author: Ilse van der Merwe
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner,Main
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian



For the bobotie

  • 30 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely grated
  • 1 knob ginger, finely grated
  • 15 ml mild curry powder
  • 15 ml garam masala or mild masala
  • 5 ml ground turmeric
  • 5 ml ground cinnamon
  • 5 ml ground cumin
  • 5 ml ground coriander
  • 1 large aubergine, cut into 1x1cm cubes
  • 2 x 400g cans lentils, drained
  • 12 slices white bread, processed to crumbs
  • 1 cup water
  • 60 ml fruit chutney (plus more for serving)
  • 15 ml Worcester sauce
  • 15 ml tomato paste
  • 125 ml seedless raisins (optional)
  • Salt & pepper
  • A squeeze of lemon juice, optional

For the custard layer:

  • 1 x 400g coconut milk
  • 3 eggs
  • A few bay leaves (or curry leaves)
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a medium size pot and fry the onions until they are soft but not too dark.
  2. Add the garlic and ginger, stir and cook for a minute. Add the curry powder, garam masala, turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, stir and cook for a minute.
  3. Add the aubergine and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the lentils, breadcrumbs, water, chutney, Worcester sauce, tomato paste and raisins, then stir and bring to a simmer.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often (it can burn easily). Season generously with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice, then remove from the heat.
  5. Transfer to a baking dish and smooth the surface. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  6. In a mixing bowl, add the coconut milk and eggs and season with salt and pepper. Whisk until well mixed then pour over the bobotie.
  7. Press a few bay leaves into the top, then bake for about 25 minutes or until the top layer starts to turn brown on the edges and is fully cooked.
  8. Remove and serve with your choice of sides such as yellow rice, toasted coconut, chutney, tomato sambal and fresh coriander.

Keywords: healthy recipes, vegetarian, bake

*This recipe is courtesy of Ilse van der Merwe of www.thefoodfox.com

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