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South African Mini Bunny Chow

South African Mini Bunny Chow

Shuchi Mittal with a cocktail version of the famous South African Indian Bunny Chows.
Shuchi Mittal

Bunny chow is a South African Indian dish – how do I know? Well, I am married to one of those who claim it as their own. It comprises of a loaf of bread, centers scooped out, served with hot and spicy curry. Usually prepared with meat, I tried to experiment with a vegetarian version and used chickpeas instead as chickpea curry comes closest to meat in flavor and texture.

“A bowl of sorts Made of bread white,
Curry and its cousins Playing peek-a-boo inside.
I break the crust Dive to join the game,
Discover luscious corners Spicy, yet tame.
Devouring it uncivilized I wipe my hands on my jeans,
Gloating in delicious victory Of man, over meat & beans.”

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Mini Bunny Chows

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  • Author: Shuchi
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


A cocktail version of the famous South African Indian Bunny Chows.


  • 8 buns
  • 1 cup chickpeas, washed & boiled
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 green chili, sliced lengthwise
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger, chopped
  • 1 potato, boiled and diced
  • 1 green pepper, cut in squares
  • tsp cumin seeds
  • tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp dry coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala or South African mixed red curry masala
  • 1 tsp amchoor (dry mango powder)
  • 1 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add green chili, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic and onions and sauté on medium flame till the onions turn brown.
  2. Add the tomatoes and all the dry spices. Cover on medium flame and cook till tomatoes turn tender.
  3. Stir in the chickpeas, green pepper and potato and add ½ cup water (if too dry). Cover and simmer on medium flame for 8-10 minutes. Open cover, and sauté on high heat for 2 minutes. Garnish with coriander and keep aside.
  4. Cut the top of each bun and scoop out the centers (it will become hollow and form something like a bread bowl)
  5. Add 2-3 tablespoons of chickpeas into the bread bowl. Serve immediately. Finger licking goodness guaranteed!
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
View Comments (3)
  • I have the Taste of Natal Mini Bunny, Culture Bunny, PocketBunny Maker. Which could be of your interested in your recipes

  • Hi, I love the idea of anything mini as I am not a big eater,don’t eat to much bread went to a function the other night and they served snacks all night which included mini bunny chows it was a hit so thought go on line and see what I could find and Walla, Thank You

  • I went to the Indian store as my husband’s from Inda. I went to get Amchoor powder and it’s spelled incorrectly on the recipe. It needs to be fixed please. Its spelled AMCHUR POWDER.I Found it 28th no problem but someone might not know what it is or what their looking for. Thank you

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