Who knows what a bunny chow is? Well it's a dish from Durban made with Indian influences that is served in a hollowed out bowl made of bread. I've tried a few in my time and the flavour is distinctly different to a traditional 'Indian' curry in that it's usually made with curry powder. They are delicious but I thought I would give it a go and add my own little twist. So here it is my very own - Indian bunny chow! I would love to hear what you think of it so who is going to try it?

Indian Lamb Bunny Chow

Ingredients
1kg lamb neck fillet/leg
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
7cm piece cassia bark
6 green cardamoms
4 cloves
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 bay leaf
10 curry leaves
1 large onion, finely diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp white vinegar
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp crushed ginger, grated
2 green chillies, chopped finely
½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
1 tsp cumin seeds, ground
1 tsp coriander seed, ground
1 tsp salt or to taste
2 tomatoes, blended
5 small to medium potatoes, quartered
chopped fresh coriander
4 medium crusty buns

Method
1. Heat oil in pot. Add cassia, cardamom, cloves, bay leaf, fennel seeds and stir until fragrant.
2. Add curry leaves, and then the diced onion. Cook for 15-20 minutes until golden brown
3. Add the garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes.
4. Stir in the vinegar and sugar
5. Stir in the ginger and chopped chillies.
6. Add the turmeric, garam masala, Kashmiri chilli powder, crushed cumin and coriander.
7. Stir in the meat and salt and coat the meat with the spices.
8. Cover and cook on a low heat for 20 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
9. Add the potatoes and cook for another 20 minutes before adding the chopped tomatoes.
10. Leave for another 20 minutes until the meat is tender and the potatoes are soft.
11. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped coriander.

To assemble the bunny
1. Hollow out the inner, keep intact. Scoop into the bunny and serve with tomato kachumber, onion rings, hot fresh chilli and yoghurt on the side

14 comments,4 shares,17 likes
Hari Ghotra
about 2 months

So happy to bring back food memories for you @Kevin Gantley

Kevin Gantley
about 2 months

this brings back happy memories, I had one of these when visiting my uncle in Durban many years ago, it was really nice.
Thank you for posting this

Rinki Dey
3 months

Wow its like what we call here is a bread bowl!

debgorman
3 months

Hi Hari. Looks scrummy, I don’t like lamb so would probably make with chicken. Rabbit is too expensive here to use in a curry unless my neighbour gives me one of theirs.!

Arthur vdH
3 months

Looks delicious @Hari Ghotra !

traceyross
3 months

Thank you @Hari Ghotra that’s great

Hari Ghotra
3 months

Yes the perfect veggie option would be with chickpeas and potatoes just follow the recipe above @traceyross

traceyross
3 months

This looks lovely @Hari Ghotra would it work as a vegetarian dish too with chickpeas as they are so nice in Indian cooking along with the potatoes

andrewsherman
3 months

I’d does look nice and I think I will try it, not really fussed about the earthy taste of rabbit so will try the lamb as you have (maybe just a veggie option too?).

Hari Ghotra
3 months

You can use any meat you like for this @andrewsherman - I changed my mind at the last minute. How did you guess?

andrewsherman
3 months

I though your twist would have been to use a proper bunny 🐇 in there instead of lamb 🐑! 👍

hvondrus
3 months

@Hari Ghotra : thank you will do!!!❤

Hari Ghotra
3 months

It’s a Indian salad @hvondrus search on the app there is a recipe for it

hvondrus
3 months

@Hari Ghotra : what is tomato kachumber???