If you need a tasty new Meatless Monday dinner idea, here it is! This Japanese Vegetable Curry is the hearty and flavor packed recipe you need.
With big chunks of veggies drenched in a rich curry sauce, this meal will satisfy your appetite while delighting your taste buds.
All you need is some pantry staples and one special ingredient that you can find in most supermarkets: curry roux!
But Japanese curries are very different from my Indian ones. For one thing, they’re much easier!
There’s also a big difference in flavor. That’s because rather than a masala, they use curry roux…
What is Curry Roux?
Curry roux is a flavoring made from curry powder, flour and oil, and sometimes other ingredients. It can be made from scratch, but is now readily available in packaged pre-made blocks.
You can usually find it in the Asian section of supermarkets (though sometimes it is in the British section, as they are big curry eaters). If not, check local Asian grocery stores, or online.
The most popular brands are:
- S&B brand Golden Curry: Their roux is the most traditional, with a basic curry savory flavor. It’s less sweet than other brands, and comes in different levels from mild to medium to hot. But believe me when I say, even the hot also doesn’t turn into HOT curry. Many add extra additives like soy sauce, some kind of sweetener like grated apple or some sweet fruit preserve, and tomato ketchup to enhance the basic curry flavor.
- House Foods brand Vermont Curry: This one is a little sweeter and the most kid friendly. It one contains honey, apples and cheese… maybe that’s why the name Vermont?
- House Foods brand Java Curry: This one has some Heat. It’s less sweet than Vermont but has a good balance of savory and sweet.
Is Curry Roux Vegan?
S&B Golden curry is vegan. However, Vermont and Java curry contain milk products.
Neither are gluten free.
Japanese Vegetable Curry Ingredients
- Veggies – Today we’re using onions, carrots and potatoes, the most traditional. Later I’ll give you some more ideas.
- Curry roux – S&B Golden Curry Hot mix is our favorite.
- Aromatics – Garlic & ginger.
- Sauces – Soy sauce, ketchup, worcestershire sauce (omit for vegan or vegetarian), apricot jam or preserves.
Japanese Vegetable Curry Recipe
Heat oil in a soup pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onion and sauté till it is a nice golden brown. Add in chopped garlic and ginger, and sauté for a couple of minutes.
Stir in potato and carrot chunks. Give it all a good mix.
Add in 3.5 cups of water. Bring to a simmer and cook till the carrots and potatoes are soft to your liking.
Stir in the curry roux, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and apricot preserve. Once the curry cubes have dissolved, cook 10 more minutes.
How to Serve Japanese Vegetable Curry
The most common ways to serve Japanese curry are:
- Kare raisu: Meaning curry + rice. A nice scoop of curry over a plateful or bowlful of rice.
- Dorai curry: Curry flavored fried rice or curry rice with a drier, mincemeat curry sauce.
- Curry udon: Curry served with udon noodles, along with eggs and other toppings.
- Katsu curry: Another very popular way to eat curry with the Japanese, as well as in Britain. This is curry served with rice and crispy breaded cutlets of pork or chicken.
Once you have the base curry sauce down, there are a number of different ways you can vary it.
- Add other veggies. Mushrooms, green beans and zucchini are some of our favorite additions.
- Make it a meat curry. Any type of meat will go in this curry. Check out our Japanese Beef Curry recipe.
- Tinker with the flavor. Try apple sauce instead of apricot, or omit the fruit factor entirely.
Storage and Leftovers
Japanese vegetable curry is great refrigerated for the next couple of days, stored in an air tight container. It tastes even better, as all the flavors have time to mingle with each other.
It also freezes well for a couple of months. Simply thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat it on stovetop.
Try this great Japanese comfort food in your kitchen. It’s super unique, and one of the easiest curries you’ll ever cook.
And stay tuned. Our next post will be Katsu Curry, which is a great way to use this Japanese Vegetable Curry.
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Japanese Vegetable Curry, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!
- 1.5 Tbsp cooking oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely diced
- 2 large carrots, chopped
- 1 large potato, cubed
- 3.5 cups water
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp apricot preserve
- 1 Tbsp ketchup
- 3.2oz curry roux
- Heat oil in a soup pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onion and sauté till it is a nice golden brown. Add in chopped garlic and ginger and sauté for a couple of minutes.
- Stir in potato and carrot chunks. Give it all a good mix.
- Add in 3.5 cups of water. Bring to a simmer and cook till the carrots and potatoes are soft to your liking.
- Stir in the curry roux, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and apricot preserve. Once the curry cubes have dissolved, cook and additional 10 minutes.
- Serve with hot rice.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 171Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 7mgSodium 337mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 3gSugar 5gProtein 6g
Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.
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