Updated: June 05, 2018
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How to Make Japanese Curry Powder and Japanese Curry!

Japanese curry is one of the best comfort dishes you can possibly imagine. Unfortunately, the powder mix to make it is not always available if you live outside of Japan. So here is a recipe for it that uses spices you are probably familiar with! I've also included a basic recipe for you to make the curry. Japanese curry made from scratch with no additives and MSGs.

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The Japanese Curry Powder Mix: the Secret Unveiled!

Japanese curry is one of the best comfort dishes you can possibly imagine. Unfortunately, the powder mix to make it is not always available if you live outside of Japan. So here is a recipe for it that uses spices you are probably familiar with. I've also included a basic recipe for you to make the curry. Japanese curry cubes bought at the supermarket often have additives and MSGs, so by making it yourself, you can avoid these artificial flavors and taste Japan's authentic curry.
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Simply mix the following powders together and you're done!

-8 tbsp of cumin
-3 tbsp of turmeric
-4 tbsp of coriander
-4 tbsp of cardamon
-2 tsp of fenugreek
-2 tsp of nutmeg
-2 tsp of cinnamon
-2 tsp of allspice
-1 tsp of clove
-1 tsp laurel

This makes a curry powder that is much milder than the Indian or Thai ones since there are no spicy ingredients such as hot pepper powder. Feel free to add some if you like your curry spicy.

For the Japanese Curry

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Here is what you'll need and how to do it!

-400 g. beef or chicken cut into bite-sized cubes
-2 onions, sliced
-3 tbsp of curry powder (the one you made or store bought)
-2 carrots cut into bite-sized pieces
-2 potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces
-3 tbsp of vegetable oil
-3 cups beef stock (can be made from consomme)
-2 tbsp soy sauce
-2 tbsp tomato paste
-3 tbsp of butter
-3 tbsp of flour
-Salt to taste

Step 1: Thinly slice the onions and fry them in 2 tbsp of oil in a pot until translucid.
Step 2: Add the curry powder, 1 tbsp of oil and the meat. Fry a little more.
Step 3: Add the beef broth, soy sauce, tomato paste, potatoes, and carrots. Bring to boil then simmer for 15 minutes.
Step 4: In a separate sauce-pan, melt the butter then add the flour to it. Mix together until you achieve a thick paste.
Step 5: Take this paste and incorporate it into your curry pot. Mix well until the paste has blended into the curry and the texture has thickened!
Step 6: Add salt to taste. You can also add Japanese dashi powder, if you have some, for an extra taste of umami!

Voila! Japanese curry is often eaten with white rice as an accompaniment.

Alternative Recipes

Once you got the hang of it, you can experiment using different ingredients to make your own original creation or to adapt the dish to your dietary restrictions.

Vegetarian Japanese Curry

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Replace the meat by adding your favorite vegetables, and the beef broth with a vegetable broth and make it a colorful vegetarian curry.

Udon Japanese Curry

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Another relatively popular way to eat this curry in Japan is with udon noodles. Simply boil your noodles until tender, drain the water from them and add them to your curry for a different twist to your dish.

Make it a Katsu Kare (Japanese Curry with Pork Cutlets)

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This is another popular dish in Japan. It's commonly called the katsu (cutlets) kare (curry). On top of the curry dish, breaded, deep-fried pork cutlets are added. It tastes amazing!
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Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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