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
- 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.
- Add all the spices and salt and stir fry for a few minutes.
- Increase the heat, and add the beef mince.
- When browned, stir in the tomato purée and pour in the stock.
- Add the butter beans and mix everything together well.
- Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Cut the loaves of bread in half and hollow out the inside - reserve the bread you've removed.
- Divide the curry mix between the chunks of hollowed-out bread and top with the bread filling.
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