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1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers: 54gene, mPharma, Cambridge Industries, FlexFinTx, Kuda, Moringa School and Sokowatch.

African Veggie Bread Bowl Recipe

The Best South African Veggie Bunny Chow Recipe

South African Bread Bowl.

Bunny Chow is a classic Durban South African fast food similar to a bread bowl. Bunny Chow is usually called bunny and makes a glorious mess when eaten.

Bunnies are generally ordered by sizes, such as a quarter loaf or half loaf. Just like Panera bread bowls, all parts of the Bunny Chow is eaten. The bread gets soggy and the curry soaks through the bread.

Curry comes from the Tamil word kari, or spiced sauce, which was originally a thin, soup-like, spiced dressing served in South Africa where many Indians live and work. 

Curry is the universal name of numerous types of rich and aromatic stewed Indian dishes. In Durban South Africa, the best bread bowl filling recipe is curry, the stewed dish type.

 

Bunny Chow is classic Durban South African fast food.
South African Fast Food

South African Veggie Bunny Chow Recipe

Ingredients

2 whole hollowed-out loaves of bread cut in half

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cups vegetable stock

1 medium onion chopped

2 medium ripe tomatoes, chopped

2 large potatoes cut in cubes

½ cup cooked green beans and carrots

½ teaspoon cumin seeds

½ teaspoon fennel seeds

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 bay leaf

2 teaspoons ground curry powder

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

3 curry leaves

Salt to taste


Directions

Add all ingredients except the bread, stock and chicken and sauté for 3 minutes over medium heat.  Add remaining ingredients; simmer until the potatoes are soft 20 minutes. Spoon mixture into the hollowed-out bread and serve warm.

The history behind bunny chow

There are many stories about how bunny chow originated, but the one cited most often describes it as a totally portable dish served up to colored and black people under apartheid. The system not only separated black and white people but also Indians and colored people. The first Indians arrived during the Dutch colonial era, as slaves, in 1684. In the decades, 1690 to 1725 over 80% of the slaves were Indians. This practice continued until the end of slavery in 1838. Bunny chow started as a way of selling food to people who weren't allowed to eat in certain restaurants during apartheid. The bread was used as a holder, or a plate, so that nothing needed to be returned after eating. South Africans of Indian descent largely live in and around KwaZulu-Natal's’ city of Durban, South Africa with a population of over one million.

South Africans of Indian descent largely live in and around KwaZulu-Natal's’ city of Durban, South Africa with a population of over one million. South Africans of Indian origin has retained their cooking traditions; Indian influences have contributed to the rainbow nation diversity of South Africa.


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South African Veggie Bunny Chow Recipe

Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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