Japanese beef curry
This is the first meal I ever cooked for my mum when I was young. I remember scraping all the curry from the pot as the taste was simply that good and I didn’t want to waste any of it. Japanese curry is less heavy than Indian and less creamy than Thai — it is unique, but once you try it you will be hooked. You could use chicken, pork, beef, a seafood mix or vegetables for a vegetarian option. This curry tastes even better served the day after cooking.
|2 tsp||Garam masala|
|2 tsp||Ground chilli|
|2 tsp||Ground cumin|
|1 tsp||Ground turmeric|
|165 g||Onions, cut into large cubes|
|470 g||Beef, cut into cubes|
|275 g||Potatoes, cut into large cubes|
|110 g||Carrots, cut into cubes|
- To make a roux, melt butter in a small pot on low heat. Once the butter is melted, add flour and mix well and cook for 3-5 minutes until bubbles start to appear on the surface. Add garam masala, chilli, cumin, turmeric and salt and cook, stirring, on low heat for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Heat up a medium pot and add 2 Tbsp oil. Add chopped onion and saute for couple of minutes oruntil translucent. Set aside on a plate.
- Put the same pot back on the heat and add another 2 Tbsp oil. Cook beef for couple of minutes or until brown, add carrots, potato and onion back to the pot and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add 1 litre of water to the pot (this should be enough to cover the vegetables and meat), bring to the boil, reduce the heat to medium-high and cook for 15 minutes or longer if you have time. Remove scum as you cook.
- Add 6 Tbsp (110g) of the roux into the pot and stir to dissolve, thickening the curry.
- Add the seasoning ingredients and bring backto the boil. Serve with steamed rice.
- The roux makes about 185g so any leftover can be frozen for later use.
- Ready-made curry roux is available in packets in supermarkets but it is quite a simple process to make it yourself.
- If you are using ready-made curry roux, you won’t need as much of the seasoning ingredients as it’s been added to the roux. Taste your curry before you add any of the seasoning ingredients.
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