Durban Bunny Chow Curry Spice Mix


Bunny chow, often referred to as a bunny, is a South African fast food dish consisting of a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry. It originated in the Durban Indian community. The bunny chow was created in Durban, home to a large community of people of Indian origin. The precise origins of the food are disputed, although its creation has been dated to the 1940s. It was also sold in Gwelo, Rhodesia (now Gweru) during World War II and is still sold in the nearby town of Kadoma, formerly known as Gatooma.

Stories of the origin of bunny chow date as far back as the migrant Indian workers arrival in South Africa. One account suggests that migrant workers from India who were brought to South Africa to work the sugar cane plantations of Kwazulu-Natal (Port Natal) required a way of carrying their lunches to the field; a hollowed out loaf of bread was a convenient way to transport their vegetarian curries. Meat based fillings came later. The use of a loaf of bread can also be ascribed to the lack of the traditional roti bread, in the absence of which a loaf of bread would be acceptable as an accompaniment to curry.

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What you’ll need

  • Diced Lamb
  • Coriander (Optional)

Instructions to Prepare

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  • Add Oil,
  • Add the diced lamb to panfry. Then add water. Cover the pan to retain the juices
  • Add the spice mix, stir well
  • Simmer on low heat till sauce thickens up.
  • Finally add the chopped coriander before taking off the heat
  • Durban Bunny Chow is ready to serve
Spice Mix100grams1kg
Cooking Oil100ml1 Ltr
Water700ml7 Ltr’s
Diced Lamb1 Kg10 Kg
Chopped Coriander20 grams (Approx.)200 grams (Approx.)
Cook Loss5%5%
Total Yield1.7 Kg17 Kg
PackRetail PackFood Service Pack
Serves8 serves80 serves
Yield1.75 kg17.5 kg



  1. Garnishing with Coriander leaves and sliced tomatoes
  2. Add a dollop of Butter for a better taste
  3. Serve with Bread, traditionally served in a hollowed-out loaf (see image)


Ingredients: Dehydrated vegetables (tomato, garlic, onion), maltodextrin (maize), sugars, spices (fenugreek, ginger, cardamom, cloves, coriander, cumin, turmeric, nutmeg, cinnamon, pimento, cassia, fennel, pepper) Thickener (1422), salt, acidity regulator (330), colour (160c), canola oil, spice extract, colours (150a, 160c)



Nutritional Information

Per 100 grams
Fat, total2.5g
Fat, saturated0.4g
Dietary Fibre6.9g

Additional information

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100g, 1Kg

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