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Japanese Curry

Ingredients for 5 or 6:

  • 1/2 - 1 lb. chicken breast or stew beef (cut into cubes)
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1/2 bell pepper (optional)
  • 2 cups corn (optional)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp. sugar

Seasonings:

  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 2 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric (optional) [1]
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 oz. Golden Curry Sauce Mix [2] (or any Japanese Curry Mix, available at Safeway and other grocery stores)

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, saute until sugar and chopped onions become caramelized at medium heat.
    • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
    • 1/2 tbsp. sugar
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil

      Caramelized onions.

  2. Add and saute together until the meat becomes browned:
    • 1/2 lb. - 1 lb. chicken breast or stew beef (cut into cubes)
    • 1/2 tsp ginger, minced
    • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped (optional)
    • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  3. Add and bring to a boil. Skim foam and simmer with a lid for 30 minutes to one hour:
    • 6 cups water
    • 2 whole bay leaves
    • 2 carrots, chopped
    • 2 large potatoes, chopped into thirds
  4. At this point the potato should be soft. Take out a couple of chunks of potato and mash them. Add the mashed potatoes back to the pot. This will help thicken the curry stew.
  5. Add, bring to a boil and simmer covered for 10 minutes:
    • 2 cups corn (optional)
  6. Add the seasonings and simmer until the sauce mix blends. Stir occasionally.
    • 1/2 tsp. coriander
    • 2 tsp. cumin powder
    • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 1 oz. Golden Curry Sauce Mix

      Golden Curry Sauce mix is 3.5 oz. Use about 1/3 of it.

  7. Serve over hot steamed rice.
Notes:
  • [1] 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.
  • [2] You can use the whole package of Golden Curry Sauce Mix and exclude all the other ingredients listed in "Seasonings", if you prefer.
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