I love Japanese Curry. I love the taste, the spice, the carrots and potatoes in it, and how it looks just like the curries I see in the animes that I watch. What I don't like is how most of the curries that I see in the stores always has Palm Oil in it. For about a decade now, I've given up on Palm Oil after finding out about the devastation it does to the Orangutan population. Since then, I've avoided it as much as possible.
Cue in Japanese Curry. I was sad I couldn't find a replacement. I've found very few brands that do not carry Palm Oil in it, but they are far and too few to find. Insert: HOMEMADE JAPANESE CURRY ROUX! It only involves 5 ingredients, all of which I had in my spice cabinet and pantry. It was super yummy and so easy to make and I doubled the recipe so I could use the "bricks" for next time.
3 Tablespoons Butter (unsalted)
4 Tablespoons Flour
1 Tablespoon Garam Masala
1 Tablespoon Curry Powder
1/4 Teaspoon (or less or more depending on spice level you like) Cayenne Pepper
- Step 1: Melt the butter in a small pot.
- Step 2: Once it's fully melted, add the flour and mix in to the butter
- Step 3: Heat for about 12min on low to medium heat until it starts to turn a golden brown color
- Step 4: Add the spices and mix for about 30 sec and then take off heat.
This should all make about 1/3 of a cup of your "roux". That's it!
Now, to make your curry, you'll need to add that roux to 4 cups of water to make your curry. Since this has no salt in it, please season accordingly to your taste preference. What I did was as I was boiling my 4 cups of water with my veggies, I added the salt then so it would flavor the veggies at the same time. Then I added the roux and stirred it around to make sure it disintegrated in the water, taste, season, and repeat until it was to my liking.
Also, since I doubled mine, I put the other 1/3 cup into my Marvel Mold and put it in the freezer. I popped them out and now have it ready to make curry for next time! I put them in a freezer safe jar and stuck it in my freezer, awaiting for next time I want to make some Katsu curry. I'm so glad I can enjoy my japanese curry once again, Palm Oil Free!!
Try this recipe out? Let me know below!!
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