Learn how to make Japanese Curry Roux from scratch. Only 5 ingredients! This easy recipe will have you cook up many delicious pots of Japanese curry.
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Japanese curry (also known as Curry Rice/Kare Raisu/カレーライス) is the ultimate comfort dish. It is the staple meal for many Japanese households because it’s so easy to make at home. The convenience comes from the readily made Japanese Curry Sauce Mix or curry roux (カレールー), which allows you to cook up the stew-like curry consists of meat & vegetables in the shortest time.
What is Japanese Curry Roux?
Curry roux refers to a mixture of sauce, made with fat, flour and curry spices as the base flavor.
These days we can even find many varieties of instant Japanese curry roux in the Asian aisle at the American supermarkets.
The boxed curry roux often comes in a distinctive block that resembles a thick chocolate bar, where you break off individual cubes for the portion you need to make. Some of the common brands include S&B’s Golden Curry, House’s Vermont Curry, Java Curry, and Torokeru Curry.
Homemade Japanese Curry Roux
Although the boxed stuff may spare you some time in the kitchen, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make your own Japanese Curry Roux at home. And just like all curries, curry roux is best made from scratch. The other good reasons for homemade roux?
- No MSG, artificial flavors and other food additives that are commonly found in boxed mixes.
- You can customize the flavor, spice level and thickness to your preferred taste each time you make it.
My recipe for Japanese curry roux requires only five ingredients that you will have in the pantry. They are unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, curry powder, garam masala, and cayenne pepper.
The butter gives a rich sweet flavor, while the flour helps to thicken the mixes when you combine the curry powder, garam masala, and cayenne together. Feel free to adjust the amount of the spices until the flavor is to your liking. The roux can be made ahead and store in the refrigerator or in the freezer for 3-4months.
With the homemade curry roux, you will be eager to start cooking a myriad of Japanese curry dishes at any time. Here are some delicious recipes you can make with homemade curry roux:
- Instant Pot Japanese Curry
- Soup Curry
- Japanese Chicken Curry
- Japanese Beef Curry
- Japanese Seafood Curry
- Katsu Curry
- Curry Udon
- Cold Curry Udon
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Editor’s Note: The post was originally published on March 18, 2013. The video and new images were added in August 2018.