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Japanese Curry for One

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  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Japanese Curry for one! This simple small batch curry recipe is easy, budget-friendly and comes together in 15 minutes. 


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  • 1 block curry cube, roughly chopped
  • 150180 ml water
  • vegetables of choice
  • protein of choice
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • cayenne, to taste (optional)
  • rice, for serving
  • fukushinzuke, for serving

Example add-in amount:

  • 1 (5 g) tsp butter or oil
  • 1/4 (65 g) onion, sliced
  • 1 oz mushroom, quartered
  • 1 oz carrot, chopped small
  • 1 small (60 g) potato, diced into 3/4 inch chunks
  • 1/2 (20 g) cup soy curls, rehydrated(or 50 g of thinly sliced beef, pork or chicken)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp apple sauce or 1/8 (30 g) of a small apple, grated
  • 1 tsp Bull Dog Worcester or Fruit and Vegetable sauce




Stove top method

  1. Over medium high heat, add oil or butter and cook onion for a few minutes until lightly caramelized (this takes about 3 minutes).
  2. Add mushroom, carrots and potato and grated apples, and cook for about 2 minutes. Add soy curls, salt, pepper and cayenne. If using another protein, cook until no longer pink. ‘
  3. Add water and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes until potatoes are tender.
  4. Dissolve roux and mix in the Worcester sauce. Simmer for 2 minutes. 
  5. Serve with rice and fukushinzuke. Enjoy!!

Microwave method 

  1. Add the butter, onion, potato, carrots, mushroom and soy curls (or protein of choice) to a bowl. Add the water, apple sauce, salt, pepper and cayenne.
  2. Microwave for 5 minutes on medium (600 W) uncovered. If using poultry, skim the skum off. Add the curry cube, and mix. 
  3. Microwave for another 4 minutes. Mix in the Worcester sauce.
  4. Serve with rice and fukushinzuke, and enjoy!


  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer). 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Japanese