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A fixture on the weeknight dinner menu in Japan, this delicious curry is thickened with a roux and sweetened with honey and apple. Recipe adapted from Saveur.
Serves 4 Ingredients:
3 cups chicken broth 1 tbsp canola oil 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, cubed (or beef, pork, or tofu) salt and pepper 3 tbsp butter 1 medium yellow onion, half chopped finely, half in 1” pieces 1 clove garlic, chopped 4 tbsp flour 3-4 tbsp Japanese Curry Powder 2 tbsp chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, or ketchup 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced 1 medium potato, peeled and cut into 1” pieces 1 small apple, peeled, cored and grated 1 tsp honey 1 tbsp soy sauce steamed rice
Heat the chicken broth in a large pot and bring to a simmer. While that’s heating, season chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in skillet on high. Add chicken and saute, stirring until fully cooked. Set aside.
In the same skillet, melt butter, add diced onion and garlic and saute until translucent. Sprinkle in the flour and stir for 2 minutes. Add curry powder and tomatoes. Turn off heat. Add 1/2 cup of hot chicken broth and whisk into onion mixture until it forms a roux.
Add roux to large pot of hot broth and whisk. Add the chicken, large onion, carrots and potatoes and simmer, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender, about 30-40 minutes. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add apple, honey and soy sauce. Salt to taste.
November 15, 2021
Great recipe! I agree with Darren about the just enough heat to keep it interesting. I’ve always wanted to attempt Japanese Curry at home, but didn’t want to use the curry bricks found in Asian markets.
For my taste, I recommend having an additional cup of chicken broth on hand in case the sauce gets a bit too think.
July 29, 2021
one of my favorite spices from oaktown.
any recipe it’s used with makes it so much better!
May 13, 2021
This curry recipe did not disappoint. I’ve had many a Japanese supermarket curry brick. Never again! Just enough heat for me to make it interesting. Great depth of flavor. Spice blend was very fresh and distinct. Gonna riff on this tonight with a veggie curry!
August 23, 2020
It’s always interesting to read and look at other people’s recipes. I always admire to see how other people make their curry and I enjoyed your recipe. I hope you’ll be able to read and comment on my recipe: https://nyamwithny.com/nyam-recipes-japanese-curry/ Nice recipe, I’ll try it out when I have the time!
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