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Bunny Chow from South Africa

Bunny Chow

Bunny Chow from South Africa is fast food. It is made of a hollowed out of a white bread roll filled with a curry of lamb meat and beans. It comes originally from the Indian community around Durban, which lies on the east coast of South Africa. Durban is therefore the best place to try out a Bunny Chow. This dish is also known as ‘Kota’ in many areas of South Africa. There are many variants of this dish.

I am putting here the recipe of my own variant, with voatsiperifery pepper, birds eye chili pepper, lime and a bit of yogurt.


(The ingredients in bold are available in the webshop.)

For 4 persons:

  • 500 g lamb meat
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 tbs yogurt
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 tbs curry powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 4 italian white bread rolls
  • 1 pinch of dried thyme
  • 1 birds eye chili pepper
  • voatsiperifery pepper
  • 1 piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 lime
  • ghee or butter
  • 1 pod green cardamom
  • fresh coriander
  • 1 pinch of salt


  1. Peel and cut the onion and garlic, and cook them in a pan with ghee or butter, and a pinch of salt. Add the curry powder and turmeric.
  2. Cut the lamb meat in bite-size pieces and put them in the pan.
  3. Add a little bit of water, the cut into small bits carrot and fresh ginger, crushed birds eye chili pepper and voatsiperifery pepper, the thyme and the cardamom.
  4. Cook on low heat until the meat is cooked.
  5. Add the juice of a pressed lime and the yogurt.
  6. Rinse the canned beans and add them to the curry. Let simmer 5 mins on low heat.
  7. Cut the top of the white bread rolls (approx. at three-quarter).
  8. Hollow out the bread rolls and put the meat/kidney beans mix inside the bread.
  9. Put a couple of fresh coriander leaves on top of it. Enjoy !

Music suggestion:

 Why don’t you try music from South Africa with Bunny Chow ? For example: Freshlyground met het album Jika Jika.

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