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An easy and quick curry loaded with warm ginger and spiced flavour, this Japanese Tofu Curry is a balanced bowl of goodness ready in 30 minutes.

An easy and quick curry loaded with warm ginger and spiced flavour, this crispy tofu Japanese curry is a balanced bowl of goodness.

An easy and quick curry loaded with warm ginger and spiced flavour, this crispy tofu Japanese curry is a balanced bowl of goodness.

We have a lovely little Japanese kitchen not two minutes from our house. It’s our go-to when Mummy isn’t up to battling the Elf to eat her dinner; she loves her maki rolls, I love not arguing so it’s a win-win. I am faithful to the kitchen’s Tofu Teriyaki-don and am planning to heist the recipe but I also catch myself eyeing off the Husband’s Chicken Katsu Curry. IT SMELLS SO GOOD!

I would never eat it but staying the course can be a tough gig especially when the yummy is wafting under my nose from the Husband’s bowl. 

Thankfully, it’s no longer an issue.  After breaking down the original katsu chicken curry recipe I found the yum isn’t in the bird, it’s in the SAUCE.

An easy and quick curry loaded with warm ginger and spiced flavour, this crispy tofu Japanese curry is a balanced bowl of goodness.

JAPANESE TOFU CURRY IN LESS THAN 30-MINUTES

I based this vegan version of Japanese Tofu Curry on a lovely recipe from Emma Knowles  and am so completely chuffed with the result. The sauce in this curry is slightly sweet, warmly ginger-ish and spiced just enough with garam masala and curry powder.

Additionally, this curry sauce is quick. While I do love slow cooked curries with their layers of deep flavours, I can’t go past a deeply flavourful sauce made in fifteen minutes flat.

To balance the creamy, thick sauce texture and to best emulate the original chicken katsu (“katsu” is short for “katsuretsu” the Japanese transliteration of the word cutlet), I crumbed slices of silky tofu in panko crumbs and fried.

Ooo la la – no wait, that’s French. I didn’t take Japanese at school. Holy miso paste that’s good.  I am calling it; vegetables or tofu cooked to crispy perfection in panko crumbs is always a good idea. Unless you’re gluten-free. Sorry

Served with a steamy bowl of jasmine rice, a scattering of spring onion and julienne carrots, this Japanese tofu curry is a quick, flavourful and wonderfully layered curry option. Quick to prepare this warming, gently ginger and slightly spiced curry will certainly make many more appearances on our table. The Husband doesn’t miss the chicken and the Elf even ate her share. In a family of omnivores, this is high praise indeed.

Enjoy.

An easy and quick curry loaded with warm ginger and spiced flavour, this crispy tofu Japanese curry is a balanced bowl of goodness.

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Japanese Tofu Curry

An easy and quick curry loaded with warm ginger and spiced flavour, this Japanese Tofu Curry is a balanced bowl of goodness.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese/Vegan
Keyword Tofu Curry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 serves
Calories 448kcal
Author Logan

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil (not olive)
  • 1 brown onion finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon 5ml curry powder
  • 2 tablespoon plain flour (I use spelt because that's what we keep in the pantry)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon rice syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 300 grams medium to firm Momen tofu
  • 1/4 cup soy or almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/3 cup panko crumbs vegan
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil to shallow fry
  • 2 cups steamed rice
  • 1 scallion sliced in to rounds to serve
  • 1 carrot peeled and julienned

Instructions

  • To make the curry sauce, heat the vegetable oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion, ginger and garlic and sauté until tender, around 3 minutes.
  • Add curry powder and stir until fragrant.
  • Stir in flour and cook for 1 and half minutes.
  • Slowly whisk in the stock, add the soy sauce and rice syrup and simmer stirring occasionally for 10 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  • Stir in rice vinegar and garam masala and keep warm.
  • To make the crispy tofu, turn tofu out on to a kitchen towel to drain.
  • Slice tofu block in to 1cm (approx 1/2 inch) thick slices.
  • Put flour on a plate, the milk in a medium bowl and the Panko crumbs on another plate. Sit them beside each other with a large plate at the end to put the finished crumbed tofu.
  • Roll each slice of the tofu in the flour, then the milk and finally roll in the crumbs.
  • Heat enough oil to fill a fry pan 1/2 inch. Test heat by flicking some cold water in, if it sizzles, it's ready.
  • Shallow fry the tofu for around 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Place on kitchen paper to drain.
  • To serve, place a few good spoons of steamed rice on to a plate or in a bowl, place the crumbed tofu around and spoon a curry sauce over. Serve with fresh shallots and carrot

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Sodium: 1170mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2823IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 2mg

 

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Amanda Logan is a published cookbook author, recipe developer and food photographer based in Australia. She is a contributor to Nourish Australia magazine and has appeared in Thrive Magazine, Vegan Food and Living, The Zoe Report and The Australian Vegan Magazine.

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Jean Bernon

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My goodness this is absolutely amazing. I made it tonight and I got a 10 on 10 from my wife which is not normally easy from her as she’s a good cook. Thank you so much.

Joshua Howard
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Hi Amanda! I really like your recipes! I have a question. What can I use to replace rice syrup or honey?

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Karen Bryden

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I’ve made this several times now for my family and it’s our absolute favourite dinner! I double up the quantities and it feeds four hungry ones. The softness of the tofu paired with the crispy breadcrumbs is so delicious – thank you!

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Made this last weekend and turned out really nice! Made it for my family of 4 including me so I doubled the recipe but it still wasn’t enough! Guess we were just really hungry haha. I ended up getting Japanese curry powder from my local grocery store in the international isle and it tasted so yummy. One thing however, I was tasting as I went along and the rice vinegar kind of put me off and ruined the taste despite putting the correct amount, tried to balance it out but the taste was still there in the end :/