Lentil bobotie

A typical South African dish, prepared as a vegetarian version. The sweet potato bulks up the recipe to make a filling meal, without the need for additional rice – especially when you need to control your carb portions.

Ready in

1 hour 30 mins

Serving size

Serves 4


  • 2 tsp (10 ml) olive or canola oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 200 g (1 medium) sweet potato, in the skin, coarsely grated
  • 4 tsp (20 ml) each curry powder and ground cumin
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) ground coriander
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) ground turmeric
  • 1 cup (250 ml) uncooked brown lentils
  • 2 cups (500 ml) strong Rooibos tea
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) raisins
  • 8 tsp (40 ml) red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp (2,5 ml) salt
  • lemon juice and black pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup (250 ml) buttermilk
  • 4 small bay leaves
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) flaked almonds


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan and fry onions, ginger and garlic until soft. Add sweet potato and spices and fry until aromatic. Reduce the heat.
  2. Add lentils and tea and cover with a lid. Simmer for 30-40 minutes or until lentils are cooked. Preheat the oven to 180 ˚C.
  3. Add raisins, vinegar and salt. Season with lemon juice and pepper. Spoon into an oven dish.
  4. Mix eggs and buttermilk and season with pepper. Pour on top of the lentil mixture. Place bay leaves in the egg mixture and sprinkle with almonds.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked.
  6. Serve with green veggies, like broccoli or spinach, or a salad. Bobotie is delicious with a chunky salsa of cucumber, tomato and fresh herbs.


  1. Substitute sweet potato with butternut, if preferred.

Lentil bobotie video

Lentil bobotie

Every South African has their own bobotie recipe, we curated a special blend of spices for our Cooking from the heart Lentil bobotie recipe. If you haven't tried it, do so and it will soon become a family favourite.

Lentil bobotie

Lentil bobotie

Did you know this dish is vegetarian? Not only is it wholesome, but also delicious!

Lentil bobotie

Nutritional information per portion


1771 kJ


21,4 g


11,2 g


44,9 g


0,9 g

This recipe is from Cooking from the heart, 3rd edition: Diabetes

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