Authentic Bunny Chow

From the title, you might be thinking I’m sharing how to make food for rabbits, but no, Bunny Chow is a South African street food created by the Durban Indian community. I learned how to make this many years ago after watching a show on one of the food channels.

What is bunny chow? Well, it’s a spicy curry served inside a huge chunk of hollowed out bread – it was designed to be a portable dish, you eat the curry out of the bread ‘dish’ and then you can eat up the bread that has soaked up all the curry juices. It tastes delicious!


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1" piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 red chili, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 500g beef mince
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 1 x 400g can butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 small crusty loaves of bread


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and then sweat the onions for a few minutes before adding the garlic, ginger, and chili. Fry gently on a low heat until softened.
  2. Add all the spices and salt and stir fry for a few minutes.
  3. Increase the heat, and add the beef mince.
  4. When browned, stir in the tomato purée and pour in the stock.
  5. Add the butter beans and mix everything together well.
  6. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Cut the loaves of bread in half and hollow out the inside - reserve the bread you've removed.
  8. Divide the curry mix between the chunks of hollowed-out bread and top with the bread filling.


South African Bunny Chow. Aubergine Foods. Buy South African Foods Online