Bunny Chow is another African food that sounds like something on a European or continental menu. Irrespective of the origins of Bunny Chow, everybody seems to be in agreement that it is a delicious food. Bunny Chow is made from half loaf of bread with the inside scooped out and the hollow loaf is filled with delicious gravy of curry leaf sauce.
2 cups vegetable oil
3 medium onions
5 whole cloves
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon garlic
5 cardamom pods
4 cinnamon sticks
3 tablespoons curry powder
Chili powder (optional)
1 cup fresh cilantro
1 stem fresh curry leaves
3 star anise
Salt (to taste)
Wash the chicken (it should be skinless and boneless) and chop it into small pieces. Set the chopped chicken in a plate and set aside. Chop the onions, mince the garlic and grate the ginger, and set them aside. The cardamom pods are to be cracked.
Chop the tomatoes and the potatoes. Pick the curry leaves. Chop the cilantro.
Pour the vegetable oil in a large heavy cooking pot on the gas cooker and set to medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until the onions start to turn brownish, then add the cumin, minced garlic, grated ginger, cracked cardamom, cloves, cinnamon sticks and the three star anise. Stir and cook for about two minutes.
Add the curry powder and some chili powder (optional, only if you want the bunny chow spicy) and cook for another minute.
Stir the chopped chicken, well coated with the spices and cook for about two minutes. Now add the chopped fresh cilantro, chopped tomatoes, potatoes, curry leaves and salt to taste. Stir until everything sticking to the pot bottom comes loose. Add a little water if necessary.
Leave until the chopped chicken is cooked for about twenty to thirty minutes, and add another seasoning if needed. Leave to simmer.
To serve this African food correctly, Start by slicing out a hollow in the soft bread with a sharp knife, leaving a thick wall and bottom. Ladle the curry into hollows, and then put back on top the bread. Serve with carrot salad and this is always eaten with hands, break off some of the bread, and use the bread to scoop up some curry and the carrot salad. Enjoy your Bunny Chow.