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Vegan Bobotie

The recipe for a Vegan Bobotie is a mushroom rich variant of a traditional South African dish. It has a combination of hearty flavors, with hot spices and a fruity component. Only 6 ingredients and 4 easy steps.

Plate of Vegan Bobotie with the casserole dish in the background.

I’m sure you wouldn’t have expected today’s recipe for a Vegan Bobotie. Maybe you never heard about it, so guys it’s time to get excited and come on board with me on this trip to South Africa.

First, I guess, you ask what Bobotie is and why/how I came up with this easy recipe and share with you all. During a recent neighborhood party, for which I had made my amazing Best Hot Quinoa Burger, I talked to one of our neighbors.

Her name is Fleur and as it turns out totally obsessed with South Africa. She had traveled there often and visited cities like Cape Town and Johannisburg as well as more rural regions.

And in doing so she fell in love with South African food. After the vegan burger we enjoyed during the evening, Fleur ‘challenged’ me to make a vegan version of her favorite – Bobotie.

She intends to eat healthier and more often meatless and a traditional Bobotie is essentially something of a meatloaf. Obviously, I had never heard of this dish before and didn’t fully grasp what I was up to when I accepted the challenge.

It took some trail and error but eventually there was a version I was happy with. More importantly, a version that Fleur enjoyed when I invited her over. Mission accomplished. Hah, I hope you will enjoy my Vegan Bobotie as much as Fleur did!

Bobotie, as a national dish of South Africa, is traditionally a mixture of meat, fruits, and a creamy topping. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical how I would manage to capture similar flavor notes in a vegan and gluten-free version.

But I never give up and will work my butt off so that I can have a result that satisfies me – and also you. And that means not only that it is definitely delicious but also really easy to make.

Closeup view of the Vegan Bobotie garnished with mint and chili.

The first challenge for making a Vegan Bobotie was to find a substitute for the main ingredient. Instead of going for the obvious option of using crumpled tofu or tempeh, I aimed for something more vegetable based.

I always thought that the color and texture of finely diced and then sauteed mushroom should resemble that of minced meat quite closely and this was the ideal opportunity to give it a try.

I combined this with a spicy flavor from curry paste and some fruity components from a Mango Chutney.

To offer you a bit of variability, I give you two options for the creamy sauce that tops off the Vegan Bobotie. Either take the sauce of my Vegan Potato Casserole (minus the tahini) or choose the sauce of my Moussaka recipe and  leave out the nutritional yeast.

I actually made both versions for Fleur, so I was so curious, which one was her favorite. We both agreed the sauce from the Vegan Potato Casserole is a bit creamier and richer than the sauce from the Moussaka recipe. But both are totally delicious and it’s up to you which one you prefer.

Why you should give the Vegan Bobotie a try!

Not only this an easy and exciting recipe you can serve your friends and family. It is a low carb recipe and you can also benefit from an infusion of nutrients coming from the mushrooms.

Read “5 Health Benefits of Mushrooms”  and find out that they provide Vitamin D and iron, are low in calories, and boost your immune system.
View of the Vegan Bobotie in the casserole dish, with a golden spoon.

Making the Vegan Bobotie is straightforward as always.

This dish is no exception and you only need few ingredients and easy steps. Simply dice the mushrooms finely, sauté them, and mix with onion, curry paste, and some herbs. Whisk together your favorite sauce and give over the mushrooms in a casserole dish.

Bake for 30 minutes and enjoy!

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Vegan Bobotie

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

The recipe for a Vegan Bobotie is a mushroom rich variant of a traditional South African dish. It has a combination of hearty flavors, with hot spices and a fruity component. Only 6 ingredients and 4 easy steps.


  • 1 lb (500 g) mushrooms chopped
  • 1 onion
  • 2 Tbs raisins
  • 1 Tbs mango chutney (optional)
  • 1 Tbs curry paste
  • fresh herbs
  • sauce from the Moussaka without nutritional yeast


  1. Preheat oven to 390°F/200°C.
  2. Wash the mushrooms and dice them finely. Same with the onion. Sautee the mushrooms and add curry paste,Mango Chutney (optional), raisins, and herbs. Let simmer for a bit until the water from the mushrooms evaporates.
  3. Transfer to a casserole dish and top with your choice of sauce.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes until the sauce is golden brown.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 161mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1.6gSugar: 5.4gProtein: 23g

brenda hattingh

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

Can’t wait to try this! What herbs are you adding?


Wednesday 1st of September 2021

Hi Brenda! Thyme, oregano or basil are great. Hope that helps.

Miranda Tijms

Friday 15th of January 2021

What sort of mushrooms would be best for this? Eager to try it out!


Friday 15th of January 2021

Hi Miranda! Brown mushrooms are great. Hope that helps.


Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Greetings from South Africa. I recently went vegan and I've been searching for a meatless version of one of my favourite dishes. So glad I found this, and will definitely try it soon.


Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Let me know how it turns out, Robyn!


Saturday 26th of May 2018

When do you add the onions?


Saturday 26th of May 2018

Hi Sam! Onions must be sautéed with the mushrooms together!

E du Plessis

Tuesday 8th of March 2016

Yipee, you're making a dish from my country! Bobotie used to be one of the recipes my mom made frequently when I was a child. I will definitely make this version of yours. :)

Florian @ContentednessCooking

Tuesday 8th of March 2016

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! Special memories are the best. Let me know how it turns out, if you do!

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