” A well-know South African dish consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping.”

If you live in South Africa, you will know what Bobotie is. Every family got their special bobotie recipe that’s been handed down from a previous generation. Bobotie is mainly made with beef or lamb mince (ground meat), although some recipes even calls for some pork meat for added moisture.

Traditionally, bobotie contains dried fruit like raisins, saltanas or apricots, together with ginger and curry powder. Bread is soaked in milk and mixed in with the cooked meat before baked with an egg mixture topping. It is mainly served with yellow rice and a fruit chutney. Some more modern recipes add other ingredients like garlic, onions, lemon rind and even topped the bobotie with banana and nuts.

Although not particularly spicy, the dish incorporates a variety of flavours and textured and are generally loved by young and old.

Making a low carb version of this beloved dish was fairly easy:


  • 30 ml Coconut oil
  • 500 g Beef mince
  • 2 Chopped onions
  • 2 Garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 5 ml Coriander
  • 2,5 ml Ginger
  • 15ml Fresh mixed herbs
  • 5ml Turmeric
  • 2,5ml Cinnamon
  • 5 ml Salt
  • 1 ml Pepper


  • 250 ml Sour cream
  • 2 Eggs


  • Heat oil in pan and brown mince. Add chopped onions and fry until soft. Add garlic, coriander, ginger, mixed herbs, turmeric, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Fry until fragrant.
  • Place mince in oven dish.
  • Mix sour cream, salt, pepper and eggs and pour over mince mixture. Place 2 bay leaves onto.
  • Bake for 190C for 35 minutes until golden brown.

Serve with cauli-rice, salad or veggies.