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Bunny Chow (South African)


Category : Chicken Recipes, Lamb Recipes

Bunny chow is a famous South African Street food that most people there like especially in Durban where people are very proud of its heritage. In the old days Bunny chow is what the Indian plantation workers used to have as there days meal.

 I have visited South Africa Three times now and really liked bunny chow especially when I was up and about and just needed a snack.

Bunny Chow literally is a slang term for South African Fast food consisting of a bread loaf with a hollow scoop in the middle that is filled with Chicken or Lamb curry and served with carrot salad. I tried this recipe and was not surprised as to why Most Durban folks love it so much. So now let us look at how it is prepared.
South African Bunny Chow

Total Preparation time: 1hr 15 min

Preparation time: 25 min

Cook time: 50 min

Bunny Chow Ingredients

  • Two cups of vegetable oil
  •  3 chopped onions
  • One tablespoon of cumin seeds
  • One teaspoon of crushed garlic
  • One teaspoon of grated ginger
  • Five cracked cardamom pods
  • Five cloves (whole)
  • 4 sticks of cinnamon
  • Three star anise
  • Three tablespoons of curry powder
  • Some chili powder
  • Five pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into small pieces (preferably finely chopped) You can also use Lamb instead of chicken if you prefer
  • One cup of fresh chopped cilantro
  • Two tablespoons of salt
  • Five tomatoes Chopped & Pureed
  • 3 chopped potatoes
  • One stem of fresh curry leaves
  • 8 to 10 loaves of firm white sandwich bread unsliced and halved for serving
  • Some carrot salad for serving


  1. Heat some vegetable oil in a large heavy wide pot on medium heat. Add some onions then cook until they start getting brown. This whole process takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Add some ginger, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, cardamom cloves and star anise then cook stirring frequently. This should take about 1 or 2 minutes.
  3. Add some curry powder then some chili powder (if you like to spice things up) and cook it for another minute or so. Now stir the chicken in making sure to coat it well with spices and cook for two minutes.
  4. Add in the cilantro, tomatoes, salt, curry leaves and potatoes. Simmer your mixture till your chicken is cooked thoroughly. This process takes about 30 minutes. You can add in additional seasoning if required.
  5. Now dig out the center of the loaves of bread half in a piece keeping the plug. (Do not throw the scooped out plug away) Now spoon your curry in to the hollow of each half loaf of bread and place the plug on the top. Serve the Bunny Chow with some carrot salad.
  6. To eat your bunny chow use your hands to break off some of the bread then use it to scoop up some of the carrot salad and some curry.

Note the recipe above gives a serving yield of fifteen to twenty people but you can change things slightly if you want to prepare a meal for more or less people.

I hope you enjoy making your bunny chow as I did myself.

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