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Wonderbag Recipe: Japanese Style Curry Stew (Kare)

Updated on March 11, 2016

When I was a child I had the pleasure of living in Japan. Being from a military family, we were attached to the navy base in Yokosuka. My parents decided to reside on the economy as it was called then. We lived in a little residential area called Kubiri Cho, Kanagawa Ken. Though we were bused to and from school on the military base, we frequently commuted by train or taxi. I've always enjoyed learning about new cultures and especially the foods found in other countries. Is it any wonder that though I learned so long ago to make Kare, as the Japanese call their style of curry, I still remember how to this day?

Since my first exposure to curry, I've acquired a taste for different varieties of curries hailing from different countries. You'd think this delectable dish made it's way to the Land of the Rising Sun by way of India, right? Well, they actually acquired it from British soldiers as Japanese military members encountered other troops. Find out more about Kare and its preparation and history in Japan here.


Here's a great conversion chart for metric cooking measurements.

Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup (Cooked) Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer with Stainless Steel Exterior, Silver
Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup (Cooked) Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer with Stainless Steel Exterior, Silver

A great accompaniment to curry stew is rice. Make the perfect rice each time in this rice cooker.

 

Japanese Style Curry Stew (Kare)

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Starwest Botanicals Organic Curry Powder Spice Blend, 1 Pound Bulk Bag
Starwest Botanicals Organic Curry Powder Spice Blend, 1 Pound Bulk Bag

Though it's just as easy to make one's own curry powder, it never hurts to have it on hand.

 
  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 2 hours
  • Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
  • Yields: 8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 to 1lb stew beef [chicken, shrimp okay also]
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and mashed (optional)
  • 3 med potatoes, peeled
  • 2 med onions, diced
  • 4 med carrots, sliced
  • 1 C frozen peas (optional)
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1 - 2 Tsp curry powder (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C Cold Water
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of corn starch

Instructions

  1. Sauté onions
  2. Add meat once onions are soft
  3. Add carrots and potatoes
  4. Add peas if using
  5. Add water to cover and over by one inch
  6. Bring to a roiling boil
  7. Add curry powder and mashed apple
  8. Add salt
  9. Simmer for five minutes
  10. Put in wonder bag for 2-3 hours
  11. After removing from wonderbag, return to stove
  12. Mix cold water and corn starch
  13. Bring to a boil and stir in corn starch mixture to thicken, continuing to stir until desired thickness is reached
  14. Garnish and serve over rice, preferably Botan rice

A Note About My Posted Recipes

If you've read any of my other recipes, you'll have seen a pattern in my presentation compared to my actual personal preparation. There are optional ingredients I don't use in the posted recipe. Fukujinzuke is a condiment commonly served with curry which I didn't have on hand today. In this version of curry, I used curry paste instead of rue blocks or powder. You may want to view my recipe for making rice in the wonderbag. One more thing, I thicken usually with cornstarch. You can thicken any way you like, but keep in mind you can't make a thick gravy in the wonderbag.

Just a tip for using the wonderbag. I boiled a stew pot full of water and put it in the wonderbag until I was ready to bag my stew. Then used the water later for washing dishes.

Wonderbag Non-Electric Portable Slow Cooker with Recipe Cookbook, Blue Batik
Wonderbag Non-Electric Portable Slow Cooker with Recipe Cookbook, Blue Batik

I was gifted a wonderbag a month or so ago and have been using it frequently since then. It's fun adapting my own recipes for use in the wonderbag. How can you go wrong if your purchase helps out someone else in need?

 

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @Redneck Lady Luck: Thank you, A-Redneck, for stopping in and commenting. Let me know how it comes out, if you try it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      Your dish looks absolutely delicious. I like that you included apple into the recipe. That looks like a very uniquely healthy and tasty addition.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @Merrci: I think the next one I do will perhaps be spaghetti sauce or something else. Not sure. It's summer, so I'm thinking a Gazpacho soup might be nice. There are a few other cold soups which would be nice.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I'm still amazed at the wonder bag! Great to see more recipes using it! Looks delicious.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @SusanDeppner: For me, it's a bit odd to not have potatoes in curry. One thing I'd like to try are the curries in the UK. We put our own spin on it here in the US, I'd like to see what our cousins across the pond are doing with it. The Wonderbag is awesome. Now, trying to think what to make next. Hmmm. Let me know what you think.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've never had curry with potatoes. Your recipe sounds very interesting, especially using the Wonderbag. I'm heading to that link to check it out.