Sunday, February 7, 2010

Japanese Hot Java Curry

It has truly been a hectic weekend, but an extremly productive one too.

When things get busy, but you still want to have a nice dinner at home with friends, try cooking a simple meal such as curry.  Ad a couple of side dishes and you'll have a complete meal.  Tonight, I decided to make Japanese style curry.  In Japan, people love curry.  In fact, in the supermarket, you might see an entire section devoted to it.  While Thai or Cambodian curry may use coconut milk, Japanese curry is much different.  There's no coconut milk involved.  Instead, it's usually a brown curry that will almost remind you of beef stew, except it has curry flavoring.  There are a variety of vegetables in curry, but the most common would be carrots, onion, and potatos.

One of my favorite types of curry is the Hot Java Curry.  With Japanese curry, you can purchase a package of curry of your choice.  There are so many varieties! The best part of all, however, is that you can make curry in a snap. 

Step 1:  Pick-up a box of curry.

Step 2:  Cut 2 medium potatoes, 2 medium onions, and 1 carrot into bite size pieces.  I also added mushrooms since I added less potato.  I'm not the biggest potato fan.  Select 1.5 lb. beef or chicken. 

Although this may be the standard, you can pretty much add anything you want to the curry.  You could add spinach and beef, shrimp and vegetables, or anything else that comes to mind.  Just remember to brown it first.

Step 3:  Boil 5 1/2 cups of water.  Then add the vegetables and meat after browing.  Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes.

Step 4:  After 20 minutes, remove from heat and add pieces of curry, after breaking it into pieces.  Then, place pot of curry back on the stove and simmer for twenty minutes on low.

You're done!  It's easy to make and it feeds a lot of people.  It may take almost an hour on the stove, but you don't have much work to do while it simmers.

P.S. Don't forget to cook the rice.  Curry and rice go hand-in-hand.  Pour the curry on the rice for a great meal! 

I also made side dishes for tonight's dinner, which I will post next.

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