“Inyama” is a Zulu word that translates to “meat” in English. In South African cuisine, meat plays a central role and is featured in a variety of traditional dishes, from braais (South African barbecues) to stews and curries. If you’re interested in exploring South African cooking or simply looking for a recipe that highlights meat, I can offer a couple of suggestions that celebrate the rich culinary traditions of South Africa.

South African Bobotie

Bobotie is a well-loved South African dish that resembles a flavorful meatloaf with a custard topping. It’s made with minced meat (often beef or lamb), spiced with curry powder and dried fruits, then topped with a savory custard and baked until golden.


  • 2 slices of white bread, soaked in milk
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 kg minced beef or lamb
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2 cup raisins or sultanas
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chutney
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 bay leaves

Custard Topping:

  • 1 cup milk (use the milk from soaking the bread)
  • 2 large eggs


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