Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: South African (Durban Indian)
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
  • 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 (I Normally Use White Vinegar)
  • 2 Tsp Sugar
  • 3 Level Tsps Medium Chilli Powder
  • 2 Tsp Coriander/Cumin Powder
  • 1 Tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 Tomatoes, Blended
  • 5 Small to Medium Potatoes, Quartered
  • Chopped Fresh Coriander
  • Salt to Taste
  1. Heat oil in pot.
  2. Add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, bay leaf and fennel
  3. Stir
  4. Add curry leaves, chillies, onion, turmeric, ginger and garlic
  5. Braise for 3-4 minutes
  6. Add garam masala and spices to pot. Then vinegar and sugar. mix well
  7. Add the meat and salt
  8. Mix until the meat is coated with masala
  9. Cover saucepan and cook/braise on moderate heat for a few minutes.
  10. Stir from time to time until meat is well braised. Add potatoes.
  11. Add water as needed as the curry needs to be quite saucy.
  12. When potatoes are ¾ cooked add the chopped tomatoes.
  13. When potatoes are completely soft, stir and add coriander
  14. Serve with salad
Cubed Steak
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
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