Saturday, May 11, 2013

Japanese Curry

Japanese curry is its own food category, different than Thai or Indian curries. It is a revelation in easy home cooking--just don't fight the packaged-food-ness! The "secret" is to follow the directions on the package. Serve with good white rice and Japanese pickles (all these things can be found at United Noodle).


The curry comes as solid blocks (like a chocolate bar) that you break into your curry pot. There are many brands, such as "Java", "Vermont", and "Golden Curry"...all seem to be good, and "hot" is not hot at all, so get that one if you want a slight heat. I made the batch in the photo with tonkatsu, but it can be accompanied with any protein or just eaten plain.

As you can see, pickles are a large part of the appeal for me, but don't worry if you can't find them.

1/2 package of Japanese curry blocks
3 large potatoes
2 large carrots
1 medium onion
1/2 c. water
Something like that...just free-form it! Follow the directions on the box. It should take about 30-40 minutes if you keep it simple. Either add the meat to the curry itself, or put it on top like the pork cutlets in the picture. A whole recipe makes a TON, so only do that for 4 or more people. Let go and enjoy!

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