I have been hearing about Bunny Chow for years due to the large population of South Africans in Perth. I couldn't quite get my head around it. Basically it is a South African street food, a curry served in a hollowed out loaf of white bread. You use the bread to scoop the curry into your mouth. Not the worst idea ever! There are all sorts of variations on Bunny Chow, the original curry apparently was vegetarian, though now it is common to have fillings with all sorts of things from beef to chicken, to chickpeas to egg! No bunnies in sight! It is common to share a Bunny Chow and to order you will just ask for a quarter lamb (small 1/4 loaf with lamb curry) or a half chicken for half a loaf with chicken curry. You get it!
This is my version and delicious it is! You may need to make more than one loaf. Just saying.
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- 1 brown onion
- 2 red chilli
- 5 cloves garlic
- 3 Tablespoons commercial yellow curry powder
- 1 Teaspoon ground turmeric
- 20 Grams Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) BUY
- 2 carrots, roughly chopped
- 2 potatoes, roughly chopped
- 1 apple, cored and roughly chopped
- 500 Grams minced beef
- 1 Tin diced tomatoes
- 50 Grams tomato paste
- 1 Tablespoon raw caster sugar BUY
- pink salt flakes and pepper to taste BUY
- 40 Grams frozen peas
- 1 recipe Perfect Burger Buns made into a sandwich loaf of bread, halved and hollowed out Recipe
- 1 red onion sliced and salted
- fresh parsley or coriander leaves to garnish
- grated carrot, optional to garnish
- lemon wedges to serve
Place onion, chilli, garlic, curry powder, turmeric and EVOO into the Thermomix bowl and chop 5 sec/speed 6. Cook 5 min/Varoma/speed 1/MC off.
Add carrot, potatoes and apple and chop 3 sec/speed 6.
Insert Butterfly into the Thermomix bowl and add all remaining ingredients, except peas and bread and garnishes. Cook 20 min/100°C/Butterfly/speed 2. You may need to help it along with a spatula at first.
Add peas and combine with spatula.
Serve in hollowed out loaf of bread. This is what makes it street food and for some reason, 'Bunny Chow'.
Bunny Chow is usually served with fresh sliced red onions, sometimes grated carrot and some herbs and potentially a wedge of lemon or lime. The eater uses the hollowed out bread as a spoon to eat the curry, then starts on the crust of the loaf bowl as the curry levels decrease!
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