If you like to watch Crayon Shinchan and other children's anime, you may be familiar with this dish: curry rice! It’s a dish loved by all members of a typical Japanese family! While Japanese curry (カレー, karē) is typically served in three main forms: curry rice, curry udon, and curry bread (a curry-filled pastry), today we’ll focus on curry rice.
Curry rice was brought to Japan by the British during the Meiji era (1868–1912) when India was under colonial rule. It was served to the Japanese Imperial Navy to prevent thiamine (vitamin B-1) deficiency. The dish quickly became popular and available for purchase at supermarkets and restaurants in the late 1960's – and today it’s considered to be a national dish!
Japanese curry is quite different from any other curry you’ll find in Asia – it tends to be more sweet than spicy (no wonder kids love it so much). All sorts of vegetables and proteins can be cooked in a rich, brown curry sauce to make a Japanese style curry The basic vegetables are onions, carrots, and potatoes. Beef, pork, and chicken are the most popular meat choices. Of course, you can add your favorite vegetables like broccoli, mushrooms, green peas, zucchini, and even chickpeas to give your curry rice a personal touch!
Feeling hungry yet? If you’re in the mood for some Japanese Curry Rice, we found this super delicious recipe from PickledPlum that really hits the spot!
Ingredients (4 servings):
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 pound stewing beef
1 large onion (peeled and finely chopped)
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon ginger (peeled and minced)
1 apple (peeled, cored and minced)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 large carrots (peeled and roughly chopped on the bias)
1 large potato (peeled and roughly chopped)
1 teaspoon garam masala
4 tablespoons curry powder
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups red wine
1 1//2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 cups water
(Curry rice ingredients. Source: https://pickledplum.com/)
Today, it’s pretty easy to find instant curry sauce (also known as curry roux) at the supermarket anywhere in the world. If you are busy and don’t have time to cook from scratch, you can use the instant curry stuff, instead. All you have to do is mix in the sauce with your sauteed meat and veggies! You can boost your store-bought curry with grated apple and ginger for some extra sweetness and a bit of heat, (that’s a pro tip from PickledPlum 😉).
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