Bunny Chow

Country of origin: South Africa

Commonly referred to as Bunny, this South African meal is a fast food dish consisting of a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry.


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • 2.5cm piece of cinnamon stick
  • 2 green cardamom pods
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1kg/2lb 2oz boneless leg of lamb, cut into 1.5cm/½in dices
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 2 large potatoes, cut in cubes (same size as the meat)
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 loaves of crusty white bread, unsliced


  • Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the spices and bay leaf until the spices sizzle.
  • Add the onion and cook for 5–7 minutes until translucent.
  • Stir in the curry powder and sauté for one minute, then add the tomatoes and stir to mix.
  • Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until you get a ‘sauce-like’ consistency.
  • Add the meat, ginger, garlic and curry leaves and 300ml/11fl oz water.
  • Bring to boil then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 40-50 minutes or until the meat is tender.
  • Add the potatoes, salt to taste and 200ml/7fl oz water.
  • Continue simmering until the meat and potatoes are perfectly cooked (about 15 minutes).
  • Stir the chopped coriander and lime juice.
  • To serve, spoon into the hollows of the bread and garnish with coriander cress.

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