When we went to Japan over the summer, one of my favorite meals was Japanese curry. I’d never had (or even heard of) Japanese curry before this trip and oh. my. goodness, was it YUMMY!
One of the things I loved about Japan was the wide variety of traditional foods we got to try. I thought we’d be sick of sushi by the end of the week, but that could not have been further from the truth.
Here’s what it looked like…
So I set out to make a homemade version of this yummy dish with more veggies and less deep frying. I tried it all different ways and even consulted our cooking teacher from when we were there (via email—thanks Keiko!).
Here’s the final version I came up with… very similar to what we remember! I did use chicken stock when testing, but I think subbing beef stock would make the sauce even darker in color like the original. I love how this comes together quickly enough to be a one-dish weeknight dinner. Enjoy. :)
Homemade Japanese Curry
For the meat and veggies
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 onion minced
- 6 medium carrots peeled and cut into small dice
- 1 Yukon Gold potato cut into small dice (no need to peel)
- 1 1/3 pounds pork tenderloin or boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 1″ cubes
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
For the sauce
- brown rice cooked
To make the meat and veggies
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the onion, carrots, and potato while stirring until the onions begin to turn translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Season the pork with salt and pepper to taste and then add to the pan along with the garlic and ginger. Cook while stirring until the meat is cooked all the way through (no longer pink in the middle) and the veggies are soft when pierced with a fork, 5 to 10 minutes.
To make the sauce
- In a medium saute pan, melt the butter over low heat. Whisk in the flour and continually stir until the mixture darkens in color but does not burn, 4 to 5 minutes. Whisk in the spices until well combined.
- Pour in the broth/stock and whisk vigorously until the sauce comes together. Turn the heat up to medium and lightly simmer while whisking occasionally until the sauce thickens to the consistency of a gravy.
- Whisk in the soy sauce and simmer for another couple minutes to regain the thick consistency. If needed, salt to taste.
- Evenly distribute the brown rice in bowls (or on plates), spoon a serving of the meat and veggie mixture next to it, pour the sauce over top, and serve warm.