Bunny Chow – deliciously tasty South African Street food with made with aromatic spices, meat, chickpeas and potatoes served in hollow bread. A one-of-a-kind sandwich!
With winter in full swing, you can’t have enough comforting meals in your arsenal. I mean, think about it, why would want to make the same thing over and over again? That’s why you have me.
This it’s an absolutely perfect comfort food and you will not stop eating it. Again another favorite with hubby, he ate it for lunch, dinner and breakfast, until it was all gone. Forgot about everyone else – not good.
You will not come across a “sandwich” like this! Yes, indeed!
Bunny Chow is a very unique, portable and popular South African street food that exemplifies the natural fusion of South African Cuisine. A highly spiced curry that will get any spice lover excited, my kind of peeps!
Rest assured no bunnies are involved in this dish. It’s usually made with some sort of protein; Lamb, chicken or vegetables and oh so delicious! Served in a hollowed out bread bowl, makes it even more appealing for carb lovers.
Okay, the term bunny is another variation from the word “Bania“, an Indian class of traders who sold this tasty street food.
Don’t let the ingredients list scare, it’s simple and straight food and is no more complicated than making any stew. The only hard pressed decision is what to what meat to use. Or you can leave the meat for the carnivores and make it totally vegetarian or vegan if that’s your thing. Be sure to grab some bread from your neighborhood bakery and you are good to go. Or serve it a non-traditional way with rice and some vegetables
Bunny Chow South Africa
- 1 pound chicken thighs or breast cut in bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup canola or cooking oil
- 2-3 Curry leaves
- 1 teaspoons minced ginger
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 Tablespoon curry powder or more
- 1 medium onion diced
- 2 medium tomatoes diced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 3 green cardamom pods lightly crushed
- 8 ounce or less potatoes cleaned and cut into cubes
- 1 15 ounce can chickpeas rinsed and drained
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- 11/2 cup or more chicken broth or water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- When ready to cook, heat up large Sauce- pan with oil, and add onions, garlic,ginger, cinnamon stick, curry leaves, cardamom pods and curry powder, stir occasionally for about 2-3 minutes until onions is translucent.
- Add tomatoes followed by chicken, stir and sauté for about 2-3 more minutes. Add chicken stock/ water if necessary to prevent any burns
- Next add chickpeas, potatoes and chicken broth , about 1 1 1/2 cup , add more as needed. Bring to a boil and let it simmer until sauce thickens, it might take about 25 minutes or more
- Adjust for salt, pepper and stew consistency.