bun curry

Bunny Chow Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | October 24, 2013

Bunny Chow

Bunny Chow

This meal comes from Durban, South Africa, where Indian indentured servants created it. The South African Indian community began in 1860, when Indians were imported as laborers for the sugar cane fields in Port Natal. These days, South Africa is home to the largest population of Indians outside of India and their influence on South Africa’s cuisine is ever present. Some stories about the origin of this dish say that the workers needed a lunch that they could carry to the fields so they created a meal by using a big piece of bread, hollowing it out and filling it with a curry and meat. It’s quite a dry curry, so if you use a crusty loaf of bread, it won’t soak through the crust as you bring it to the table. (I suggest that you use the inside of the loaf to make bread pudding.)

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