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Delicious Bunny Chow!

Mouthwatering Lamb Curry inside a hollowed out loaf of white bread? YES PLEASE! This dish originates from South Africa and you won't be able to get enough of it!!!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine south african
Servings 2 people


  • Large covered skillet


  • 1 loaf of unsliced white bread cut in 1/2, and the insides scooped out leaving only the outside crusty part; this will provide 2 servings
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 5 Thai chilis minced; leave out if you prefer a less spicy curry
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion minced
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and cut into small bite sized pieces; can use 1 large potato
  • 1 lb lamb (cut up lamb for stew)


  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 1/2 -2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1/2 - 1 tbsp cayenne pepper can omit if you prefer a less spicy version; add closer to 1 tbsp if you like it spicy!
  • salt to taste
  • green onions sliced for garnish (optional)


  • Add olive oil to a large skillet (one that has a cover) and heat on med high heat. Once the oil is hot, add minced onion, garlic, ginger and chilis. Stir for around 3-4 minutes.
    minced onion, garlic, ginger, and chilis in olive oil in a pan
  • Add spices to include star anise, cinnamon, turmeric, garam masala, and cayenne pepper. Also add 1 tbsp of water and stir for a minute to incorporate all ingredients.
    minced onion, garlic, ginger, and chilis in olive oil in a pan; several spices and a wooden spoon
  • Add diced tomatoes, bay leaf, and a pinch of salt. Stir for a couple of minutes.
    onion and spice mixture with diced tomatoes, bay leaf, and a wooden spoon
  • Add the lamb stew meat, stir well, and cook for around 5 minutes. You will want to check and stir this often during the 5 minutes.
    lamb stew meat, onion and tomato spice mixture with a wooden spoon
  • Add 1 cup of water and your cut up potato. Stir, bring to the boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook 1.5 hrs or until the lamb is fall apart tender. Now add salt to taste.
    lamb and cut up potatoes in an onion and tomato spice mixture
  • Once the lamb is tender, fill each hollowed out loaf half with the lamb curry! If it is messy, so much the better! Garnish with green onions if desired!
    Bunny Chow on a white plate with a santa claus pepper shaker


Enjoy this delicious bunny chow!  Optional garnish is sliced green onions, and a delicious chutney to go on top.  Do as the South African locals do and eat with your hands! geniet jou ete!  (Enjoy your meal in Afrikaans!)
Keyword Curry, indian curry, Lamb, lamb curry