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Why Katsu Curry Is Pure Comfort Food

If you’re looking for pure comfort food in one handy bowl, then it’s time to acquaint yourself with Japanese katsu curry. This indulgent dish is the culinary equivalent of a hug from your grandma. Find out why this is one of the world’s most soothing recipes, then make this katsu curry recipe for dinner tonight.

Pork-Katsu-Kare

Salty crunch + mellow spice + soothing starch + sweet sauce = culinary comfort

1. Golden child

If you’re a fan of European-style schnitzels, then you’re going to be a sure to love Japanese tonkatsu. Take a lean pork or chicken steak, coat it in panko crumbs, then pan-fry it to golden perfection.

Tonkatsu

2. Mild and mellow

Take your golden katsu fillet and slather it in a mild and mellow Japanese curry sauce for a pleasing contrast of salty crunch and gently spiced sauce. Don’t be shy with the curry, either – your katsu should be swimming in sauce. The best thing about Japanese curry is that its gentle flavour is ideal for younger palates, so the whole family can indulge in this delicious dish.

Japanese Beef Curry

3. Soothing starch

To mop up all that delicious curry sauce, serve your katsu curry on a bed of steamed rice, which adds another textural element and soothing, satisfying starch component to the dish.

4. Sweet signature

For the grand finale on your katsu curry, drizzle tonkastu sauce over the crumbed fillet. This sweet, salty, savoury sauce is Japan’s answer to barbecue sauce, adding an extra layer of flavour to the finished dish.

5. Optional extras

If you’d like an extra hit of flavour, add a little mound of pickled ginger or a crisp green salad with a ponzu sauce dressing to cut through the richness of the meat and the curry sauce.

For more creative ways to use Japanese curry paste, read Mild and mellow: how to cook with Japanese curry.

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