Authentic South African Cooking: Bobotie

Authentic South African Cooking: Bobotie

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South Africa is known for its diversity in culture, and the cuisine that takes its influence from these many cultures. Zola Nene is a South African chef, TV personality and author who's passion is South African cooking. Join Chef Zola in this online cooking masterclass as she makes traditional, authentic South African dishes. In this episode of Authentic South African Cooking you will learn how to make bobotie. Bobotie is a well-known South African dish featuring spiced meat with an egg topping that is baked. This sweet and spicy dish is a fantastic comfort meal for any day of the week, and is great for entertaining. About Chef Zola Nene: Chef Zola Nene's culinary career spans over 10 years, and started during her 2 year study gap in the UK. She started out as a hot section chef, then as a head pastry chef in Cheshire during her stint, before returning home to South Africa, where she immediately enrolled at the Institution of Culinary Arts. She has worked as a catering manager, and as a Food stylist on Expresso Morning Show, and has also worked as the resident Chef both on and off air until December 2017. In 2019, Zola's cooking show called Celeb Feasts with Zola debuted, and she also appeared as a judge on The Great South African Bake Off, a guest finale judge on My Kitchen Rules South Africa and the Cast of Wedding Bashers. Apart from cooking on TV, Zola also develops recipes and does food styling for publications, and has her own published, award-winning cookbooks 'Simply Delicious' (2016) and 'Simply Zola' (2018.) In this Masterclass series, Zola will be showcasing authentic South African dishes.



  • 1 slice white bread
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 500g beef mince
  • 2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp mild curry powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ cup sultanas or raisins
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 4 eggs
  • 125ml milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • Bay leaves to decorate

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