Vegan Bobotie

Hello!! I had a lovely weekend with my parents over the weekend, live gets pretty insane and its hard to make time for the ones you love.  So I cancelled all my plans and went to visit them, it was wonderful seeing them, my dad even stocked up the fridge with loads of vegan goodies (happy me).  


On Sunday we went to this farmer type market ( my dad longs to be a farmer) I was really surprised to see that they had vegan donuts 🙂  I also found a anti rhino poaching stall, they raise money to train people to help prevent the rhino poaching, its sad that one of our main animals in the country is going extinct, because the Chinese want the horn so badly 😦  I bought a shirt and a bracelet to support them.




I’ve been trying to find ways to veganize some South African recipes and bobotie is very popular here.  Bobotie is a traditional South African dish, its similar to a meatloaf.  The original way of making it is with curried mince meat and a egg mixture on top.  I’ve veganized it swapping the meat for lentils and using tofu for the egg topping.


Vegan Bobotie (serves 4)


* 2 Tbsp soy sauce

* 1 tsp tomato paste

* 1 Cup vegetable stock

* 2 C cooked lentils

* 2 Tbsp Oil

* 1 medium onion, finely chopped

* 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

* a pinch turmeric powder

*  2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander

* 2 Tbsp mild curry powder

* 1/4 c raisins 

* 3 tbsp apricot jam

* 1 slice brown bread soaked in enough soymilk to make it moochy.


Top layer 


* 1 block soft tofu

* a pinch turmeric powder (for color)

* a pinch salt and pepper

* juice of half a lemon 

*3/4 c water

* paprika to garnish on top



Preheat the oven to 350F

In a pan heat up the oil and fry the onion, garlic, coriander and spices.  Fry until the onion are translucent, then add the apricot jam and cook until well combined.  Next add the lentils, vegetable stock, soy sauce, tomatopaste and raisins, stir well and simmer for a minute, after the minute add the bread mixture and stir well.


Remove the pan from heat and place the mixture in a deep oven pan, spread the mixture evenly.


To make the top layer add all the ingredients (except paprika) in a blender and blend till smooth.  Spread the egg mixture over the top and sprinkle with paprika.  Bake for 45 minutes or till the tofu is lightly browned at the top.  The traditional way to eat it, is with yellow rice, but I prefer it with a nice salad.


Have a lovely day 🙂


One thought on “Vegan Bobotie

  1. ann kurzius says:

    What is the “egg mixture” your recipe refers to, in 2nd sentence of final paragraph? Eggs aren’t vegan—and aren’t listed in the ingredients.

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