Bunny Chow and Its Durban Curry

70 mins (prep 10, cooking 60)
21 ingredients
2-4 servings
This is a story: with a recipe. During the Great Depression in 1933 Indians, whites and Chinese in Durban, South Africa, suffered hunger like everyone else. The kids then discovered that the cheapest curry they could buy (for a quarter penny or half a penny) was made by a vegetarian Indian caste known in Durban slang as the Bania. It was made from dried sugarbeans (no meat). The children didn't have plates, and one kid got the bright idea to hollow out a quarter bread, asked the seller to put the bean curry in the hollowed-out bread, and then used the broken bread he's taken out as a sort of eating utensil. Chinese food was called "chow". Somehow the two words came together: Bania Chow. In time it simply became known as Bunny Chow. Bunny Chow was what the Indian sugar plantation workers took as their day's food to the lands: curry in hollowed-out bread halves. Cheap and practical ... Today it does not matter what your skin colour or station in life is: Durbanites and people from the Kwa-Zulu-Natal province love their bunny chow ... For this story and the recipe he managed to get from "the mysterious Lingela" who makes bunny chows daily, I am indebted to "Kitchenboy". Should he happen upon this story, he'll know who he is ... Thanks, Braam!

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Serving Size (606.12 g)
Servings 2
Amount per Serving
Calories 1294.54 Calories from Fat 732.24
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 81.36g 250.34%
Saturated Fat 14.71g 147.1%
Trans Fat 0.06g %
Cholesterol 317.52mg 211.68%
Sodium 553.1mg 46.09%
Total Carbohydrate 41.18g 27.45%
Dietary Fiber 13.67 g 109.33%
Sugars 9.95 g %
Protein 101.2g 404.79%
Vitamin A 636.36IU% Vitamin C 2.31mg%
Calcium 241.8mg% Iron 16.17mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
whole cardamom pods, cumin seed, ground coriander, ground pepper, hot, ground ginger