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Japanese Curry

Ingredients for 5 or 6:

  • 1 lb. cubed chicken breast or well-marbled stew beef
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut in large cubes [1]
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1/2 bell pepper (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup corn (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 Tbsp. sugar

Seasonings:

  • 3 oz. Golden Curry Sauce Mix [2]
  • 2 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric (optional) [3]
  • salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, dice finely onion, celery, carrots and bell pepper.
  2. In a large pot, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. When surface just starts to smoke, add meat and brown the outside.
  3. Add the diced vegetables and minced garlic and saute together until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  4. Add 6 cups water, potatoes, bay leaves, ginger and sugar, then bring to a boil. Skim foam and simmer with a lid for 1 hour (add an extra 30 minutes if you are using stew beef).
  5. At this point the potato should be soft. Take out a few chunks and mash them. Add the mashed potatoes back to the pot. This will help thicken the curry stew.
  6. Add corn (optional), bring to a boil and simmer covered for 10 minutes.
  7. Add the Golden Curry Sauce Mix and the rest of the seasonings. Simmer until mix dissolves, about 5 minutes. Gently scrape the bottom of the pot to ensure none of the mix is stuck to the bottom. After the sauce mix has dissolved, season with salt if desired.
  8. Serve over hot steamed short-grain white or brown rice.

Notes:

  • [1] For more fiber, you can use 1/2 cup of dried lentils instead of potatoes. Wrinse the lentils and sort them to ensure there is no debris.
  • [2] Turmeric is believed to be very good for your health. Scientists have observed a link between cultures that consume turmeric and lower occurrences of Alzheimer's disease, cancer and arthritis.
  • [3] Golden Curry Sauce mix is available at Safeway and other grocery stores. You can also use a different brand of Japanese curry mix.
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