Bunny chow, often referred to as a bunny is a South African dish consisting of a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry. It can be made with lamb, beef chicken, mince or vegetables. It originated in the Durban Indian community.
- 1kg lamb pieces
- Little oil to cover base of pot
- 2 large cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 green cardamoms
- 4 cloves
- A sprig of curry leaves
- 1 tsp crushed green chillies
- 1 large onion, finely diced
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 2 table spoons crushed ginger and garlic mix
- 1 table spoons vinegar (your choice on type) I normally use white vinegar
- 2 tsp sugar
- 3 level tsp medium chilli powder
- 2 tsp dhania-jeeru powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 2 tomatoes, blended
- 5 small to medium potatoes, quartered
- chopped fresh coriander
- salt to taste
- Heat oil in pot.
- Add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, bay leaf and fennel
- Add curry leaves, chillies, onion, turmeric, ginger and garlic
- Braise for 3-4 minutes
- Add garam masala and spices to pot. Then vinegar and sugar. mix well
- Add the meat and salt
- Mix until the meat is coated with masala
- Cover saucepan and cook/braise on moderate heat for a few minutes.
- Stir from time to time until meat is well braised. Add potatoes.
- Add water when ever needed-don’t let it burn out. When potatoes are ¾ cooked add the chopped tomatoes.
- When potatoes are cooked, stir and add coriander
- Serve with salad
To assemble the bunny
- Hollow out the inner, keep intact.Scoop meat, potato or sugar beans to your delight– garnish with more greens.Seal the bunny with the bread retrieved. Place bunny in a large platter and serve with tomato/onion salad, beetroot, mango achar and freshly sliced red onion rings, for the brave guys… Fiery hot fresh chilli and a dashing of Tabasco sauce …
Cubed Chicken Fillets
For a vegetarian option use:
2 x 400gr sugar beans and veggies of your choice
Secret tip: If you use beans care must be taken that beans do not dry out as a substantial amount of gravy is required for the BUNNY CHOW
Reference: SA People