Japanese Stir-Fried Rice with Curry


This Japanese curry is exceptionally easy to make, and except for the Japanese curry powder, the ingredients are easily found in grocery stores. While the flavor of Japanese curry has roots in India, it is not much like curries eaten in other parts of Asia—don’t substitute your favorite hot spice mix in this recipe. I’ve posted the interesting history of how curry came to Japan with a recipe to make your own very delicious long-cooking curry, but this recipe is quick enough to make after work.

Stir-Fried Rice with Curry
Dorai Karei Raisu page 319
serves 3 to 4

Part I:

  • 2 Tablespoons butter or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 carrot, chopped or grated

Heat a wok over medium heat. Add the butter, and when it sizzles, add the onion and salt. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Add the carrot and cook 5 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Clean the wok.

Part II:

  • 2 large or 3 small skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into thin 1″ squares.
    original recipe :12 ounces beef sirloin
    but using shrimp, or tofu in one variety or another,
    or even using more of your favorite vegetables
    would be very good
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups hot plain cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons S&B curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons raisins

Melt the butter over medium high heat and cook the beef, turning it several times, until the outside of each piece is pale. Stir in the reserved vegetables. Add the rice and chicken broth, and cook over high heat until the cooking liquid is absorbed. Stir in the curry powder, salt, and raisins.

  • Mango or other chutney

This tastes great the next day, for lunch! (If hubby doesn’t grab it first!)


4 thoughts on “Japanese Stir-Fried Rice with Curry

  1. Nice!! Everybody likes curry!! If I can extract the files out of my old harddrive (the one that died before), I will send you the curry recipe (otherwise it sadly dies with the harddrive). I mean, I still can ask my mom again, but I just had everything written down with all the ingredients (and thats about quadruple the amount of your Japanese curry haha) and measurements. :)

    • Our old computer went under for a while, and even trying to get to the back-ups was difficult. Somehow we did revive it, but it was a close call. Husband’s old laptop died unexpectedly, and he paid to have files saved from the hard drive. Looking at some of the old stuff, we wondered why we’d ever need it again, but I did rescue some recipes, writing and pictures I’d forgotten about. Lesson learned?

      Not to get morbid, but ask your mom! My mum died a couple of years ago, and now my dad has alzheimer’s disease and I can’t ask them anymore…

      Anyway! I hope you can give me the recipe for your Mom’s curry.

      Everybody likes curry!! YES!

  2. You should try and make a typical Japanese curry aswell, even though I bet you’ve tried it before. It’s one of the dishes I enjoyed most after my boyfriend came back from living in Japan which nobody has heard about, well at least not as a traditional Japanese dish. But a totally inexpensive meal, easy to make and you can feed lots of people with it! I usually buy a curry package at the local Japanese supermarket, add potatoes, carrots and onions to it. We always have it with rice of course ^__^

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