There is so much history behind how the bunny chow came about. However some people say that it was created during the apartheid era for the Indian indentured laborers who were brought to work in Kwa-Zulu Natal’s sugarcane fields. Another story claims that it was created by a chef at the Queen’s Tavern. The Bunny Chow is really a meal of mystery. There is no telling who the original creator is. One thing that is for sure, it is one of Durban’s unique meals that can be devoured anywhere and at anytime.
What is a Bunny Chow?
It is basically a hollowed out loaf of bread that an be served with a selection of curries from beans, chicken, mince, lamb or dhall. The secret to a satisfying bunny chow is the loads of gravy that soaks into the bread and adds to the yummy flavors.
I decided to make a Lamb Bunny Chow for my family over the weekend. This is how it was done.
- 2 tablespoon Oil
- 500 g Lamb
- 1 chopped Onion
- 6 grated Tomatoes
- 1 stem of Curry leaves
- 1 teaspoon of Freshly ground Ginger and Garlic
- 6 teaspoons of Chillie powder
- ¼ teaspoon of Fennel seeds
- ½ teaspoon of Garum Masala
- ¼ teaspoon of Turmeric powder
- Salt (Q.S)
- 2 Potatoes
Method of Preparation of the Lamb Curry:
- Add Oil to the pot on medium heat.
- Add Onion and Fennel seeds to the Oil, wait until the Onions are golden brown.
- Add Tomatoes with the Curry leaves, make sure that all the excess water is out before you add anything else.
- Add the Lamb together with the Ginger and Garlic.
- Leave the curry to cook for about 20 minutes. Add water only when necessary.
- Add spices together with the potatoes and leave to cook for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Make sure the curry has enough water during this process.
How to hollow out the bread?
For 1/2 a bunny chow, cut a loaf of bread in half.
- Place the bread on a hard wooden board
- Using a bread knife place your knife about 3 cm away from the outer edge of the bread
- Then slowly move the knife along the inner border of the bread making sure not to cut straight through
- Once all 4 sides are cut remove the inner part of the bread with your fingers
Then fill up the inner part of the bread with curry and cover with the piece you removed.