Classic South African Kota

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South African kota, also known as a “bunny chow,” is a popular fast-food dish that originated in the Indian community of Durban, South Africa. It’s a unique and flavorful dish that has become an integral part of South African street food culture.

What is a Kota?

The word ‘kota’ really means ‘quarter.’ A kota is one of South Africa’s favorite fast street food options; this is a loaf of bread that is cut into four quarters and stuffed with various food items that are mostly fried. These include chips, eggs, Russians/sausages, and viannas, to name a few.

SA Kota


Kota is often enjoyed as a hand-held meal, making it a convenient street food option. It’s particularly popular among students, workers on the go, and those seeking a hearty and flavorful meal at an affordable price.

South African Kota

South African Kota

South African kota is often enjoyed as a hand-held meal, a convenient street food option.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Snacks
Cuisine South African
Servings 2 people


  • ¼ loaf of bread
  • 1 cup cooking oil (for frying)
  • chip spice or salt
  • Atchar (A loved South African condiment made with mango, oil and a range of spices. I will share a recipe soon)
  • 1  slice ham
  • 1 slice cheese
  • 1  Russian Vianna
  • 2 handful potato chips
  • A variety of sauces of your choice


  • Cut out the center part of the quarter of the bread and set aside.
  • In a deep pan over medium heat, add the cooking oil and allow to heat. Test the heat by adding one potato chip and if it sizzles, add the chips into the pot and fry until they start to look golden brown.
  • Remove the chips from the pot and strain the access oil. Season the chips and set aside.
  • In the same pot, fry the Russian Vianna until it looks crisp on the outside (4-5 minutes).
  • Start assembling the kota by placing the ham at the bottom and follow with the achar, chips, cheese, Russian, and Vianna. 
  • You can now top it with your favorite sauces and then use the cutout bread as a cover.
  • Serve hot with your favorite soft drink. ENJOY!
Keyword Kota
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