Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is an African Fast Food Dish consisting of a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry. It is easy enough to skip the hollowed out bread bit and just serve this with rice but give it a go the traditional way just once. Like most 'stew-like' recipes this one tastes better the next day!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil and add the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, onion, and curry leaves. Fry until the onion is golden brown in color.
  2. Add the Durban masala (or curry powder), turmeric, ginger, garlic, and tomato. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mix resembles a puree.
  3. Add the chickpeas and cook for about 10 minutes. Then add the potatoes and about 1/4 cup of water. Lower the heat and simmer on low. Keep an eye on it to make sure the bottom of the pot does not burn.
  4. When the potatoes are tender (about 30 minutes), add the garam masala. Test for seasoning and add salt if necessary. Simmer for 10 minutes on low heat.
  5. Halve the loaves and scoop out the centers (leaving the crusts to form bowls.
  6. Spoon the curry into the half loaves and serve, garnished with coriander leaves.


Most Helpful

This is a 5 star idea, we loved our "bowls"! I can't remember the last time I bought one of those fluffy white unsliced loaves, it felt like a quite a treat. I think due to some of my choices the curry turned out drier than I would have liked - it would have been nice to have more of a gravy to sop up with the bread & crust (I did try adding some extra water). For that reason, next time I would go with the tinned tomatoes instead of fresh, and would use a waxy potato, since of course russets (which I used) break down so much. I used all the ingredients listed except for curry leaves, which I didn't have. I think any sort of curry would be fabulous served this way, and maybe in mini sourdough loaves or giant whole grain rolls to mix it up. Thanks for the intro KristinV! A very nice curry and a great way to enjoy it. I've quite honestly never seen my daughter enjoy a curry this much. Made for ZWT7.

magpie diner May 28, 2011

We liked this recipe for dinner last night. Followed the instructions as posted and I actually did have fresh curry leaves to use. Based on another review, I used yukon gold potatoes instead of russet. I found they had to cook much longer than the recipe specified in order to be soft. I did not have durban masala so I used a combination of punjabi masala and garam masala. We served over rice instead of hollowed out bread. Thanks for posting.

Dr. Jenny March 12, 2014

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