Bunny Chow has become one of Durban’s most famous exports! It’s usually called a ‘bunny’ and brings back youthful memories for many Durbanites who used to stop for a bunny chow on their way home from late night clubbing.
A bunny is basically made from half a loaf of bread (with the inside scooped out and kept to dip in the gravy). The hollow loaf is then filled with delicious authentic Indian curry – made from either Lamb Mutton or Vegetables. Beef, chicken or mince can also be used.
Thank you Kajil and Leyla for sharing their recipe with us (following a huge demand on SAPeople’s FB page!). “This bunny chow recipe, bless my mom, is a firm family recipe,” says Leyla. Kajil’s recipe has been passed from person to person, each refining it with “their own touches…lol…the usual Durban Indian way. It’s delicious!” says Kajil.
- 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 tbles crushed ginger and garlic mix
- 1 tbles 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
- 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 dashings 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