Lamb and Potato Bunny Chows

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Lamb Bunny Chow

So, as you might have read in yesterday’s post, I baked bread for the first time but knew that I would have to incorporate it into a meal so that I don’t chicken out. And  a bunny chow was just the most obvious thing to make.

Bunny chows, a proudly South African meal, is a 1/4 or 1/2 loaf bread, hollowed out with curry in the center. Bunny chows are probably one of my all-time favourite ways to eat curry.

The origins of Bunny Chow are not quite clear but it is believed that the workers from the sugar cane fields in Durban, South Africa, needed a way to carry their lunches with them and the hollowed out bread filled with warm, spicy curry was the perfect way to do that. There are many other stories about the origins of bunny chow but this is the one that I like the most.

I like my Bunny’s quite hot and spicy. But just adjust the chillies and garam masala to your taste. There really is not much more to be said about this dish, honestly, you just have to try it if you haven’t. And of course, you don’t have to worry about baking your own bread. As long as you get the freshest bread you can, they will be perfect.

Lamb Bunny Chow

Makes 4

1 loaf fresh bread

for the curry:

1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3cm piece of ginger, grated
1 red chilli, finely chopped (optional)
1kg stewing lamb (if you prefer not to have bones, then use deboned lamb)
2tsp each ground coriander, ground cumin, turmeric and paprika
1/2 tsp each nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves
2tbsn garam masala (I use quite a hot one)
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2tsp sugar
750ml water/chicken stock
4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks
Salt to taste

  • In a large pot, fry the onions, garlic, chilli and ginger until soft and fragrant.
  • Add the lamb and brown in the pan for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add all the spices and stir to coat the lamb. Allow to fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and sugar, stir once again to coat the lamb and then add enough water to just cover the lamb.
  • Allow the lamb to cook for 30 minutes covered and then add the potatoes. Add more water if necessary and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are cooked and the lamb is soft.
  • Slice the bread into 1/4′s and hollow out each piece, making sure not to scoop all the way through, you need a bit of bread at the bottom so the curry doesn’t just run out.
  • Spoon the curry into the hollow and place the chunk of bread ontop.

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Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Simone

    This sounds heavenly! I have been dying to try bunny chow… And lamb is my favourite, but I have a bit of a silly question, how does one go about eating it? :oP

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Simone : with your hands and have loads of wet wipes on hand, it gets messy! :)

  • Tim

    Always with your hands and never with any cutlery. It is just too funny watching people eat a bunny with a fork and knife lol

  • gloeiwurmpie

    Thanks for this recipe, it was really great! The combination of spices was absolutely awesome!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike

    Most embarrising moment is the time I took my brother ( Farmer from Bloem )
    to the Brittania Hotel in Durban for a Bunny & not only did he use Knife & Fork, but
    drowned the Bunny with Tomato sauce. Never going back there!!!!

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