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Classic South African Bunny Chow With Butter Beans

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A classic South African Bunny Chow With Butter Beans, served with lots of gravy and a side of vegetable pickle.

Bunny chow, often referred to simply as a bunny, is a South African fast food dish consisting of a hollowed-out loaf of white bread filled with curry. It originated among Indian South Africans of Durban

The dish has its origins in Durban, South Africa’s third-largest city. “It’s not known by Indian communities outside of South Africa,” There are only a handful of places in the U.S. where you can order bunny chow.

Yield: 4 healthy servings

Bunny Chow With Butter Beans

an image Bunny Chow with Butter Beans, a loaf of bread with beans mixture in the middle, SA delicacy

A classic South African beans bunny served with lots of gravy and a side of vegetable pickle.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Butter Beans (soaked overnight) or
  • 2 Cans Butter Beans
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 Tomato (chopped)
  • 2-3 Curry Leaves
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger & Garlic
  • ½ tsp. Coriander Powder
  • ½ tsp. Cumin Powder
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • ½ tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • Chili Powder/Masala (for your heat level)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Potatoes (quartered)
  • Oil

Instructions

  1. Boil the beans in plain water till fork tender (retain the water).
  2. Heat oil in a large pot.
  3. Cook onion till soft.
  4. hen add in garlic, ginger, tomato, bay leaves, curry leaves, chili, and turmeric powder.
  5. Allow it to cook together for a few minutes.
  6. Pour in half a cup of retained water, and add in the potatoes and salt.
  7. Allow this to cook until the potatoes are tender (add more water if needed).
  8. Once tender, add in the beans and some more water (enough for a gravy) to allow it to simmer on low heat until it has thickened.
  9. Enjoy!!

Notes

Prepared, tried, and tested Rochelle from The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs and SA Tasty Recipes- Saffas Daily Recipes

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Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 651Total Fat 50gSaturated Fat 30gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 122mgSodium 544mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 10gSugar 6gProtein 11g

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What does Bunny Chow consist of?

Bunny chow is essentially a kind of bread bowl. You take a loaf of white bread, hollow out the middle and fill it with a curry, either vegetarian beans or some type of meat. But not a rabbit. The name “bunny” comes from the corruption of an Indian term referring to merchants.

Bunny chow, often referred to simply as a bunny, is a South African fast food dish consisting of a hollowed-out loaf of white bread filled with curry. It originated among Indian South Africans of Durban.

Bunny Chow with Butter Beans

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