Authentic Japanese Curry


This recipe was passed on to me by my native Japanese mother, the all-time favorite Japanese dish for my friends. I always cook this dish for any party, and it goes really quick! The secret of this tasty curry is the sauteed minced onion with garlic and ginger so please do not skip this step.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ onion, minced

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root

  • 3 potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 1 ½ onion, finely chopped

  • 6 cups water

  • 4 bay (laurel) leaf

  • 7 ounces Japanese curry paste (such as Golden Curry®)

  • 1 tomato, diced

  • 1 apple - peeled, cored, and grated

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 3 cups cooked rice


  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Cook and stir minced onion, garlic, and ginger in the hot oil until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Add potatoes, carrots, and chopped onions; stir until softened, about 5 minutes.

  2. Pour water into the pot and bring to a boil. Skim off any residue that comes to the surface. Stir in laurel leaves. Reduce heat to medium and boil until all vegetables are easily pierced with a fork, about 10 minutes.

  3. Break curry paste into blocks and stir 5 1/4 ounces into the pot. Add tomato, apple, and honey; stir to combine. Cover, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in remaining pieces of curry paste if end mixture is too watery. Serve with cooked rice.

Cook's Note:

You can make this with chicken, tofu, beef, or pork. Add these ingredients with bay (laurel) leaves and continue with regular instructions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

327 Calories
5g Fat
65g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 624mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 33mg 164%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 765mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love