Chicken Tikka Bunny Chow

Bunny chow as well known as a "Bunny" or a "kota" is a true South African dish. It consists of an hollowed out loaf of bread of different sizes that is filled with an Indian curry and can often be purchased as a fast food in restaurants.

The dish originated in Durban one of the largest cities of South Africa. It is located on the East Coast and is the capital of the Kwazulu-Natal province. The city has a large contingent of people with Indian heritage and is famous for its spices an curries.

Preparation time: 5 minutes 
Cooking time: at least 30 minutes
Resting time: 0 minutes
Total time needed: at least 35 minutes
Grade of Difficulty: easy

Depending on your appetite you can use a whole bread, a half or even a smaller piece. It is usually advisable to get a bread that has a rectangular form with flat ends that can stand easily without falling over. If you only have access to bread with round or oval shapes than you should carefully cut of a slice from each of the ends to have a platform for the bunny to stand on.

Bunny Chow
with Tikka Chicken Masala

A loaf of bread cut into 3 pieces to be used for Bunny chowsA loaf of bread cut into 3 pieces to be used for Bunny chows
Chicken tikka masala in panChicken tikka masala in pan
  • 1 loaf of white or brown bread, either halved or cut into 3 pieces. As you can see we divided the loaf into 3 equal pieces and used the 2 ends for our "Bunnies"
  • Use any Indian curry you like as a filling. Durban curries are amongst the most favored ones for this dish but for our recipe we prepared a fresh Chicken tikka masala 


  • Use a sharp bread knife to divide the loaf of bread to the desired sizes
  • Hollow out both end pieces of the bread
  • Depending on the amount of curry you have available and of course your appetite either place the soft cut out bread back into the hollow and press it down to reduce the hole or keep it aside and use it later to clean off extra curry that fell on the plate.
  • Fill the hollowed bread pieces with hot curry, garnish with some chopped fresh coriander leaves and enjoy :-) 

Try this Durban Chicken Curry (Mild)

Kolhapuri Chicken

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