The humble Bunny Chow from Durban is a South African dish that was created by Indian migrant workers using some distinctly Indian flavours and spicing. 'Bunny Chow' is, in fact South African slang for 'Gujarati food'. It is thought that Indian labourers working the sugar cane plantations carried their lunches to the field in hollowed out loaves of bread.
It's so unique and I love it because it epitomises how food and recipes travel the globe. A classic bunny chow is usually pretty hot, and spicy with a distinctly different flavour from what I would call an Indian curry. This is because Indian migrants who were so desperate to recreate flavours from their homes didn't have all the ingredients they needed so they would adapt and recreate recipes with what they could use locally. The bunny chow dishes I have tasted are usually cooked with curry powder so if you have some then use it. I didn't have any so here is my take on the wonderful dish from Durban - the glorious Bunny Chow!