There was a fun article on the BBC site about bunny chow recently and I knew I had to make it. Its a South African dish from Durban's Indian community, it features a loaf of bread often white the middle is scooped out and it is filled with lamb curry with the end of the bread serving as a lid.
It is said that the use of bread to transport the bread was a fast and easy lunch for folks working on the plantations or a way to serve folks during apartheid through back windows either way a great dish was born and the community put their stamp on the culinary world.
It remains a popular street food in Durban and throughout South Africa also in the UK, it is also served in South African restaurants in New York City. So next time you make a curry why not serve the leftovers in a small loaf of bread for a fun lunch as we did.
South Indian style Lamb curry but really I feel any curry including vegetarian would work well :-) get creative with your Bunny Chow
- 3 lamb shanks or chops - chopped
- one red onion chopped
- 3 green chilis
- ginger/garlic paste one teaspoon
- masala powder about 1 tablespoons or to taste
- whole masala with cloves, cumin seeds, pepper corn etc (unground)
- salt to taste
- chili powder to taste
- coriander powder one teaspoon
- 2 small tomatoes
- 1/4 cup frozen grated coconut
- one small bunch of spinach
- 1/4 cup water
- a couple of chopped potatoes 1/2 boiled
heat a little oil and fry 2 green chili’s 1/2 of the onion, curry leaves, ginger/garlic paste and whole garam masala- add coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cardamon, bay leaves, till golden brown
near the end add grated coconut
grind and set aside for later
- fry the rest of the onion with ginger/garlic paste, salt, chili powder coriander powder and masala powder add the lamb and fry till a little cooked with tomatoes
- pressure cook if desired for one whistle will make it tender
- then slowly add the spinach little by little letting it reduce down, then add the potato
- add the paste from step one and allow it to simmer for 30 minutes, add water to thin a little if needed
- add to a loaf of bread and dig in the bread will be delicious to eat as the juices of the curry soak in
I had a fun rainy walk this morning and caught a nice clip of a Heron - if your on vine let me know will be sure to follow, I really enjoy this app and community have meet some lovely folks. I was touched after posting a tomato soup when a lady tagged me that she made one then a guy in Finland shared his favorite whole grain cereal and another guy in Copenhagen made his first risotto after seeing mine. A sweet lady in Copenhagen will guest post here soon and share a traditional Danish cookie :-) I am always on the look out for wonderful folks to share with you.
Have a wonderful weekend