Bunny Chow is a South African fast food originated in the Durban Indian community. I was introduced to this mouthwatering fast food few years back while watching a cooking show on television. I was not blogging at that time. According to that show the history behind this name bunny chow come from Bania's Chow. Bania refers to an Indian community of merchants and traders who lived in Durban in 1940s
Bunny Chow consists of Western bread with Indian curry. The bania community who goes out for work did not get much time to make Indian bread (roti) and so they used western bread. Since it was difficult to carry the curries in separate containers, they cut the bread in half. hollowed the bread and then filled with their favorite Indian curry, toped with the soft part of the bread which was taken out from the bread by hollowing, wrapped it with papers and went to work. While I found many other stories behind this name bunny chow when I goggled. But the agony is that this Indian dish is neither popular nor available in India and now a popular fast food dish in South Africa .
So I made Bunny Chow yesterday. I used buns instead of bread . Here I am using soya chunks and potatoes curry and it turned out really very very tasty.
- 2 buns
- 1/2 cup soya chunks
- 1 potato boiled
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tbsp red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 1 small tomato finely chopped
- 2 tbsp oil (extra oil required for frying soya chunks)
- salt to taste
- Cut the upper part of the buns. Hollow the bigger parts. Don't throw the soft inner parts . You can add it to the curry.
- Peel potato. Cut into cube sized pieces.
- Soak soya chunks in warm water for 10 minutes. Squeeze it and wash them in cold water.
- In a pan heat oil and fry soya chunks till light golden brown. Drain keep aside. Don't throw the remaining oil.
- If required add more oil otherwise heat the remaining oil. Add chopped onions and ginger garlic paste. Fry till translucent. Add chopped tomatoes. Fry till oil separates. Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder.
- Add potatoes and soya chunks. Mix well. Add 1/2 cup of water.
- Bring to boil. Add salt.
- Now reduce the heat and simmer.
- Add garam masala powder and continue to simmer stirring constantly for some time.
- Remove from heat.
- To serve spoons the curry into the hollows of the buns . Garnish with curry leaves.