Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Japanese Curry

I love curry rice, but I don't like how much MSG is in the pre-packaged curry roux blocks. Unfortunately, I had not been able to duplicate the flavor in homemade versions. The flavor always fell short - mostly because all the recipes call for bullion,which I never add. But this recipe? Excellent! It's the Worcestershire sauce* and ketchup that does it, I think. Seriously good eats.

I added sweet potatoes and mushrooms and left out the peas (because I didn't have any). I also didn't use the apple puree. Served over japgok, it was an excellent meal, and really very healthy.

I do need to find a cheaper source for curry powder. I'm getting tired of paying $4 for a tiny jar at the grocery store that only lasts through 3 meals of curry or so. Any good ideas?

*To the best of my knowledge, my Worcestershire sauce does not have any MSG. It does, however, have ingredients (like anchovies) that have naturally-occurring glutamate. You might remember from my discussion of fermented soybean paste that glutamate is the key to getting tasty and savory food

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  • alice

    Harmony if you could figure out and package...organic/non msg Korean favorites...you could be a rich woman! I like your creative healthier interpretations...Alice

  • JunkMale

    I sure hope that someone can find you a cheaper/bulk source for curry powder...because this Japanese curry is GOOOOD..

  • Anne Marie@Married to the Empire

    I buy my curry from Pendery's World of Spices in Fort Worth. Actually, I buy pretty much all of my spices there. They're fantastic, and the prices are downright cheap compared to those little jars at grocery stores.

    However, I don't know if their curry is what you're wanting. They have a mild curry and a hot madras curry. Go here: http://www.penderys.com/index.html

    Mouse over the tab for spices & seasonings, then choose the tab for blends & rubs. You'll find the curry there.

  • Headmistress, zookeeper

    We buy spices in bulk (one pound bags) from the co-op. Sometimes I buy curry powder, and sometimes we make it. here's one recipe we use.

    It's SO much cheaper (and tastier once you fiddle with it and adjust seasonings as you like them- I like a bit of anise and cumin in mine.)