Vegan Lentil Bobotie

Vegan Lentil Bobotie

A vegan take on a classic South African bake!  For the Vegetarian and Plant Based boxes. 

  • Thoroughly rinse 400g of lentils and remove any debris. 

  • Add the rinsed lentils and 4 cups of water to a pot then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Add water as needed to keep the lentils just covered. 

  • When the lentils are cooked and no longer crunchy, drain them and return them to the pot. Season with salt. 

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C. Take 1 or 2 slices of bread and put them in a shallow dish with some water, milk or oat milk. Let the bread slices soak up the water/oat milk for a few minutes – until they become soggy and fall apart.  

  • Heat a pot over a low heat with a drizzle of oil, and fry 2 chopped onions until golden and soft. 

  • Add 3 crushed garlic cloves, 2-3 tablespoons of garam masala, 1 tablespoon of both cumin and coriander, 3 tablespoons of medium curry powder, some curry leaves and 2 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant – add the lentils and stir through until combined. 

  • Add 2 diced carrots, 125ml of fruit chutney or your tomato chilli jam, your soggy bread, some chopped dried apricots or raisins (optional) and 1 grated apple or pear.

  • Mix well and cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes. 

  • Transfer the mixture to an ovenproof dish – smooth the top and arrange some bay leaves on top. 

  • For the topping, slowly mix 1 cup of oat milk into a bowl of 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and ½ teaspoon of turmeric.  Mix gently until a smooth batter forms. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the batter over the lentil mixture and bake for 45 minutes or until the top is golden and set. Cut yourself a lekker (big) large square of crusty bobotie goodness!


Lentils are packed with mineral goodness and have a high iron content. Iron is a major part of the RBC which carries oxygen around the body, is crucial for physical performance as well as mental focus and clarity