Curry rice - カレーライス

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    Jan 03, 2012 6:37 AM GMT
    One of my favorite comfort foods that I make once or twice a month is curry rice. I made a batch for dinner/late-night snack tonight.

    I always loved curry rice as a kid since my mom made it pretty often because it was easy and filling. Mamá lived in Japan for 8 years (she's not ethnically Japanese) and learned how to cook a lot of different Japanese food. This was one of the dishes she taught me at a young age. I've never tired of it since then.

    I've made many, many variations of it over the years. I tend to stick to the traditional with potatoes, onions, carrots, and some kind of meat (usually pork, beef, or chicken). However, I've often eaten curry without meat as I love the vegetables, sauce, and rice together.

    A lot of times I make a big batch and eat it for 2-3 days straight icon_redface.gif


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    Jan 03, 2012 6:54 AM GMT
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    Jan 03, 2012 7:01 AM GMT
    Yup, I prefer Japanese curry over the other kinds of curry that most people are accustomed to. I'm too lazy to make it myself. Thank goodness for Curry House..

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    Jan 03, 2012 7:06 AM GMT
    LOL! Too lazy? It's easy enough to make! There's nothing too arduous in the cooking process. You spend more time waiting for vegetables to simmer and tenderize before you add the curry roux. Although, many Asian markets sell curry in a bag that you can heat in the microwave or toss in a pot of boiling water.



    I've heard a lot about the Curry House out there in LA. If I ever get to LA one day, you better believe I'll be paying a visit to that restaurant icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 03, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
    Curry is awesome, but I like the spicier Indian and Thai varieties over the japanese style currys.
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    Jan 03, 2012 2:37 PM GMT
    Ever do it with brown rice? I'm a brown rice fanatic.
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    Jan 03, 2012 2:48 PM GMT
    I'm going to have to try this, it looks so comforting! I'm a sucker for Chinese and Indian curry though, grew up with my mum and dad making them icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 03, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    カレーライスとむぎちゃはおいしそう.

    I love some curry (vegetarian) with barley tea! Makes me feel back at home in Japan.
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    Jan 03, 2012 3:03 PM GMT
    We eat this all the time. In fact taught my kids how to cook it when they were 10ish. Always keep 4 or 5 boxes of the S & H medium curry in the pantry (its the brand that is carried in our area). Usually make a double batch at a time. Been trying to use other veggies then the standard carrots and potatoes, cause when you put it over rice its a lot of starch. But the kids love it the good old fasion way (the way your mom made it).
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    Jan 03, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    i grew up with curry and white rice... still love it. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 03, 2012 4:47 PM GMT
    wolverinecub86 saidCurry is awesome, but I like the spicier Indian and Thai varieties over the japanese style currys.


    You can make Japanese curry spicy. Granted, not even the curry blocks labeled as "hot" are very hot, but I always add a lot of extra cayenne pepper for that effect icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 03, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    i think im going to pook :O>>>>>
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    Jan 03, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    TriAthInCA saidWe eat this all the time. In fact taught my kids how to cook it when they were 10ish. Always keep 4 or 5 boxes of the S & H medium curry in the pantry (its the brand that is carried in our area). Usually make a double batch at a time. Been trying to use other veggies then the standard carrots and potatoes, cause when you put it over rice its a lot of starch. But the kids love it the good old fasion way (the way your mom made it).


    Honestly, the curry-soaked potatoes are best thing about it icon_wink.gif

    I don't mind a lot of starch, haha. I'll run a bit longer on the treadmill if I have to.
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    Jan 03, 2012 4:51 PM GMT
    The curry sauce is also really good with rice noodles.
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    Jan 03, 2012 6:46 PM GMT
    I got in the habit of using quinoa in place of white rice. It rocks with curry.

    I love both grains, but when I'm monitoring my nutrition the quinoa makes it easier to meet my protein/carb goals.

    Other veggies that work really well in curry are green beans, lima beans and baby squash (both zucchini and yellow).

    Pocketnico: Do you have a from-scratch recipe for your Mamma-san's curry?
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    Jan 03, 2012 6:52 PM GMT
    Hickram saidPocketnico: Do you have a from-scratch recipe for your Mamma-san's curry?


    As in curry roux made from scratch instead of store-bought blocks?
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    Jan 03, 2012 7:22 PM GMT
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    Hickram saidPocketnico: Do you have a from-scratch recipe for your Mamma-san's curry?


    As in curry roux made from scratch instead of store-bought blocks?

    Yep. Or, if she used a mix, any specific brand?
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    Jan 03, 2012 7:49 PM GMT
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    pocketnico said
    Hickram saidPocketnico: Do you have a from-scratch recipe for your Mamma-san's curry?


    As in curry roux made from scratch instead of store-bought blocks?

    Yep. Or, if she used a mix, any specific brand?


    I do know how to make curry roux from scratch. However, it's nothing formal written down anywhere. But if I go through the cooking process for a moment in my head, I could jot it down for you icon_wink.gif

    My mom usually buys whatever's available or reasonably priced at the store. S&B Golden Curry is the most common brand and what I mainly ate growing up. You can find it virtually anywhere these days. There's also Vermont Curry and Java, which I've had. I like all three brands equally. However, I'd have to say Java makes the smoothest sauce.
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    Jan 05, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    Hehe.. S&B and House brand are my favorites. My favorite curry dish is katsu curry. Rice, deep fried chicken breast, covered in spicy curry. Yum. But yeah, "spicy" is pretty mild. I usually ask for extra spicy when I go to Curry House, but it's not spicy enough. icon_neutral.gif

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    Jan 05, 2012 4:25 AM GMT
    I first had Japanese curry a few years ago and it was awesome, store bought but still great.

    Here is a tip if you want to try something close but a bit spicy. Mexican mole sauce with veggies (carrot, onion, potatoes) on steamed rice.

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    Jan 05, 2012 4:26 AM GMT
    I'm hungry now.....
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    Jan 05, 2012 4:33 AM GMT
    Not to derail your fabulous thread Nico, but is there any chance that you like Omurice? It's a very popular dish in Japan too.

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    Jan 05, 2012 4:33 AM GMT
    I lurves me some カリライス

    めちゃ好きやねん。
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    Jan 05, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    Cityaznguy saidNot to derail your fabulous thread Nico, but is there any chance that you like Omurice? It's a very popular dish in Japan too.



    Yes! Mama-san made that too while I was growing up. She always thought of it as a Japanese enchilada. She never cared for ketchup on it, though. I've always eaten it with hot sauce, Tabasco sauce, or cock sauce/sriracha icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 05, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    Cityaznguy saidNot to derail your fabulous thread Nico, but is there any chance that you like Omurice? It's a very popular dish in Japan too.
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    Omurice is awesome. The local Japanese market sells bento in the morning. I try to get there early to grab an omurice before they sell out.