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5 from 3 votes

Rabbit or Hare Curry

I made this with jackrabbit, which like most hares is a dark meat, but unless you are a hunter, hare can be tough to buy. My advice is to either go with rabbit, which is a white meat, or use a similar red meat, i.e., venison or lamb. More or less everything else is easily found in a decent supermarket, so this is not an especially challenging curry.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: curry, jackrabbits, rabbit
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 501kcal
Author: Hank Shaw


  • 1/4 cup ghee, clarified butter, or vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds hare or rabbit meat, cut off the bone and into chunks
  • Salt
  • 2 cups yellow or white onion, sliced root to tip
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • A 14-ounce can of tomato puree
  • 1 cup plain yogurt, Greek style is best
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 heaping teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 cup Madras curry paste, or 2 tablespoons Madras curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon Garam Masala
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro for garnish


  • Heat the clarified butter in a wide pot (like a sauce pot or high-sided frying pan with a lid) over medium-high heat. Pat the hare pieces dry with paper towels and brown them well. Salt the meat as it cooks. Remove to a bowl once browned.
  • Add the onion and saute until it begins to brown at the edges, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook another minute.
  • Return the meat to the pot and add the tomato puree, water, bay leaves, turmeric and Madras curry paste. Stir in the yogurt and bring to a gentle simmer. Add salt to taste and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Finish by stirring in the Garam Masala and the cilantro. Serve over rice.


Serve with rice or flatbreads. A hoppy beer would be your best accompaniment.


Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 966mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2396IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 4mg