This week I was craving for some curry, but not an overly spicy Chinese version my dad always makes. So I figured I could make a Japanese curry rice dish. Went to the local oriental market and picked up a box of mild Japanese curry roux.
Curry (カレー karē?) is one of the most popular dishes in Japan. It is commonly served in three main forms: curry rice (カレーライス karē raisu?), karē udon (thick noodles) and karē-pan. Curry rice is most commonly referred to simply as ‘curry’ (カレー karē?).
A wide variety of vegetables and meats are used to make Japanese curry. The basic vegetables are onions, carrots, and potatoes. For the meat, beef, pork, and chicken are the most popular. Katsu-karē is a breaded deep-fried pork cutlet with curry sauce.
Today I will be making a basic curry rice dish. It is inexpensive and very easy to make. The great thing about this dish is that the next day you reheat it, the curry taste even better.
Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:
- 1 box = 100g (3.5oz.) Golden Curry Sauce Mix (Mild) or whichever brand/spiciness you prefer
- 8oz. meat (chicken, beef, pork, etc.), chopped bite-sized
- 2 medium onions, chopped bite-sized
- 1 1/2 medium potatoes, chopped bite-sized
- 1 medium carrot, chopped bite-sized
- 3 1/2 cups water (or 1/2 water and 1/2 chicken broth) (*I used 1 can 14.5oz. chicken broth and the rest was water)
- 1-2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 6 servings of cooked rice
Step 1: Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over med-hi heat.
Step 2: Add the onions, carrots, and potatoes. Stir to coat with the oil and cook for 5 minutes.
Step 3: Add in the meat and cook until it is no longer pink.
Step 4: Add the water and bring to a boil.
Step 5: Remove the foam that has formed on the surface.
Step 6: Reduce heat to low and continue to cook for 15 minutes.
Step 7: Turn off the heat.
Step 8: Break the curry roux into pieces and add to the pot.
Step 9: Mix well until curry roux is completely melted.
Step 10: Turn heat on med-low and simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce thickens.
Step 11: Serve the curry on a hot bed of rice.
Optional: Here’s a video on how to make (curry rice)