Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bunny Chow Nice and Spicy!

Good day guys, here is an amazing dish that is very popular in South-Africa, especially in Kwazulu Natal where Eastern cuisine is nothing short of spectacular! We can go through the curry's, the breyani'ss, the boboties and so much more, yet it is the Bunny Chow which is often overlooked.  Her is a fantastic recipe:

INGREDIENTS1½kg mutton or lamb cut into pieces
4 tbs oil
4 x 2.5cm pieces cinnamon
6 green cardamoms
6 cloves
1 bay leaf
2 tsp fennel seeds
4 sprigs curry leaves
2 green chillies, slivered
1 large onion, chopped
½ tsp turmeric
1 tbs crushed ginger
1 tbs crushed garlic
1 tbs brown vinegar
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp gram masala
4 level tbs medium hot mixed masala
5 cups water
½ cup tomato purée
1 tomato, chopped
6 even-size potatoes, peeled
½ cup chopped fresh coriander
Salt to taste
Loaf of fresh bread

Rinse meat in a colander and drain excess water
Heat oil in a large saucepan
Add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, bay leaf and fennel and stir
Add the curry leaves, chillies, onion, turmeric, ginger and garlic into the mix
Dish must sauté for about 3-4 minutes
Mix vinegar, sugar, gram masala and mixed masala in a bowl
Add the mentioned masala mixture to onions
Add the meat and salt and mix until meat is coated with masala
Cover saucepan and cook on moderate heat until meat juices are extracted
Stir from time to time until meat is well braised and oil floats to the surface
Add some water and continue cooking until meat is tender
Add the tomato purée, chopped tomatoes and potatoes
When the potatoes are cooked and the gravy has been slightly reduced, add coriander

The bunny chow is best enjoyed with an ice cold glass of ginger beer (preferably Stoney :-) ) This dish is incredibly quick and easy to make and I sincerely hope that you will find this dish as delicious as I do.

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