The South African Bunny Chow Recipe

Talk about famous fast foods in South Africa, this Durban delicacy basks in all the spotlight. Bunny unlike burgers, pizza, chicken and chips is a trademark native inspired delicacy and has its roots in Durban.

The bunny chow is made of a hollowed piece of bread with a homemade feeling.

In case you’re wondering just how delicious this South African fast food is, then you might actually need to get into the kitchen to make it yourself. The big question, however, is how.


There are actually many ways to prepare bunny chow depending on your preferences. The vegetable curry bunny chow would taste really nice, so would the beanie bunny chow. You could also go for the peanut cabbage and sadza bunny chow. There are indeed lots of options for you-up to 16 different variations of the fast food. However, today, we’re going to teach you how to make one of the most common variations- the beef curry bunny chow.


  • Two tablespoons of vegetable oil
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  • 2 tablespoons of  crushed garlic and ginger
  • Half a teaspoon of turmeric
  • 2 large cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 5 green cardamoms
  • 5 cloves
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • Some crushed green chilies
  • 1 finely diced onion
  • A tablespoon of choice vinegar
  • Chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons of dhania-jeeru powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 blended tomatoes
  • 4 medium-sized potatoes
  • Some chopped fresh coriander

Preparation time is about 30 minutes and it will take you about an hour and 45 minutes to cook your Bunny Chow.

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Getting the Spices right!

Let’s begin! Place your pot on low heat. Then, add some oil into the pot and place on medium heat. Wait for about a minute, then add your diced onions. Let it fry for some minutes before you add your cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon and fennels to the mix, then stir. When you’re done, add some curry leaves, onions and all the other spices. That sizzling sound they’ll come to make is everything. Watch out for that.

By now, your onions, curry leaves, gingers and chili must have found their way to the mix. Add the garam masala, the sugar and the vinegar and mix. Whatever you’ll add, it’s all about getting the spices right.

Step 2: Adding Your Meat

Add your meat into the pot and stir, then add some salt to taste. Now stir again till the meat is completely coated with masala. Add some water, and don’t stop stirring. Drop the heat and let it cook for about 40-45 minutes until the meat gets tender.

While we wait

How about another history lesson – this time on Bunny Chow?

As you so rightly know, bunny chow is a South African dish that has its roots in Durban. It was believed to have originated from around the 1940s but no one actually has any idea who created it. Either way, this timeless meal has seen and survived the apartheid. In fact, it was known to have originated among the Indian labourers in those periods to become one of the most popular meals of the century.

Step 3: Almost done!

Okay, you’re almost done. Just add your potatoes and let it cook with the meat for about 15 minutes. When this is done, add some coriander, some lime juice and stir.

And that’s it!

All that’s left to be done is to hollow out your bread and fill it with all that South African goodness and enjoy your bunny chow with a cold refreshing drink. You can also serve your Bunny Chow with salad- it all depends on how you like it!

Whether you’re going for the Nigerian Jollof Rice or snacking on the South African Bunny Chow, you can be sure your buds will be guaranteed the best of experiences. Believe it, nothing tastes better than an African delicacy prepared right there in your kitchen.

10 servings – 410 calories


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