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Curry Bunnies – Homemade comfort food

Posted on February 18, 2021 by in beef

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Curry Bunnies

Curry Bunnies – homemade comfort food indeed. A Curry Bunny is a delicious fusion between a “vetkoek” and a Bunny Chow.

Currie Bunnies is Friday night food, quick to make and really delicious to eat. All the comfort, less the effort. What makes my curry bunnies even easier and  super-quick to make is because I use ready-made dough. On my home from work, I stop at the local supermarket and to collect my 1 kg ready made dough. All the hard work is done for me already. If you live somewhere where there are no big supermarkets, make your own bread dough. You will have enough for 1 loaf of bread and 12 vetkoek.

I serve my Curry Bunnies with a light and fresh pineapple salsa and it is so delicious. You can opt out of making a salsa and just serve it with chutney. Always a favorite too.

Curry Bunnies

Curry Bunnies

makes 12


For the vetkoek

1 kg ready-made bread dough

750 ml vegetable oil for deep-frying

For the Mince Curry

500 g / 1 lbs minced beef

1 large onion finely chopped

30 ml / 2 T vegetable oil

15 ml / 1 T crushed garlic

10 cm piece ginger –  grated

1 large tomato – finely chopped

30 ml / 2 T strong curry powder

5 ml     Garam masal

5 ml cumin

salt and pepper

1 red chili – finely chopped

250 ml / 1 cup chopped coriander

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For the Pineapple Salsa

1 whole pineapple – peeled

½ cup chopped coriander

1 red  chili

15 ml white vinegar

10 ml sugar

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To make the vetkoek

Divide the bread dough in 12 equal-sized balls. Place the balls on a oiled surface and cover with a clean tea-towel and allow to proof until they are double in size. Heat the oil in a depp pot and when the oil is hot fry the dough balls in batches until they are gold brown. Drain on kitchen towel and keep warm until needed.

Heat a pot or pan on the stove top. Add the vegetable oil. Add the chopped onion, garlic and ginger and sauté until soft. While this is happening, add 1 cup of cold water to the uncooked beef mince, stir and set aside until needed.

Add curry powder, garam masala, cumin and tomatoes to the onions in the pan – saute well for 2 to 3 mins on low until fragrant and the oil separates from the mixture.

Now, add the beef mince – stir well for 2 to 3 minutes season with salt and pepper. Add half the fresh coriander and bring the mixture to a boil.

Lower the heat and simmer the mince for 15 – 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. For the South African palate, you probably want to add 1 teaspoon sugar.

Serve in the vetkoek with the pineapple salsa

To make the salsa

Cut the pineapple is very small cubes. add all the other ingredients and mix. Taste and adjust to your palate. I like an acidic kick with a little sweetness from the pineapple.

Curry Bunnies

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