Friday, December 04, 2009

veggie curry

Satoshi has been saying that he wants to eat curry for some time now.

So, the other day, we had curry for dinner at a place called Roji (in the Yodobashi Camera Building) in Umeda.

I ordered the vegetable curry and enjoyed it. (By the way, if you are a foreigner, just show your Foreigner ID or Passport and they will give you 100 yen (about US$1) off of your bill.)

For dinner the other night, I copied how they plated their curry.

Spoon curry into the bottom of your bowl, put rice on top and then top with your favorite toppings.

For our topping, I stir fried eggplant, red bell pepper, carrot, eringi mushroom, sweet potato and spinach in EVOO, some salt and pepper until soft. At the end I added some canned corn just to warm.

For the curry, I sauteed onions and then followed the directions on the pre-made roux.

Usually I won't use this pre-made type of roux because of the mad cow disease that was going around in Japan over the years, and because it tends to have a lot of oil/fat(which makes it taste good), and try to make curry from scratch with garam masala and curry powder.

But, my curry usually turns out more soupy, than the thick curry that we usually eat when we are out, and somehow mine does not have enough umph, so I decided to go back and try the pre-made roux.

Actually by doing it this way, you can serve different toppings. Each person could probably have different curries. Plus, I feel that the veggies are more colorful this way, not hidden inside the curry sauce.

Satoshi liked this version. We ate our curry with rakkyo (pickled scallions) & fukujinzuke (a type of pickle often served with curry).

Roji
Yodobashi Camera 8F
Umeda, Osaka
Phone: 06.6292.6043
UPDATE: as of 4/2012 this shop is no longer open at this address

We've had some sunny days and some rainy days this week. Have a good weekend.

13 comments:

Rowena... said...

You've just reminded me to put curry mix on the list of things to find in Milan. Thank you!! I love the colors of the vegs in this.

Marie said...

What a pretty curry, so many toppings! I am accustomed to the beef, potato and carrot treatment. Also, a foreigner discount is pretty sweet!

Su-Lin said...

Oh, what a lovely way to serve vegetable curry!

K and S said...

Rowena,
I hope you are going by car, you will need one to bring everything back :)

Marie, I am also used to the beef, carrot and potato, can you believe that if you order "curry" (w/o toppings), you will only get the sauce and nothing else.

Take care you two.
Kat

K and S said...

Thanks Su-Lin :) especially during the winter when things are kind of drab, I think this is a nice way to brighten things up!

Take care.
Kat

Horlic said...

Vege Curry.. Hmmm sorry Im nt vege fans.

jalna said...

It's pouring rain right now with some thunder in the distance. Curry sounds good, and I think I'd prefer your version to our meat and potatoes style.

Dhanggit said...

this is sooo good and healthy! I still have a box of curry paste sent to me by my japanese friend and I am kinda tired of doing it with beef and pork, i'll try this dish of yours :-)

ps, i never tried showing that im gaijin for a discount next time i'll try

K and S said...

You could put whatever toppings you wish, Horlic :)

I saw your dinner Jalna, looks way better :)

I hope you like this version Dhanggit :)

Take care everyone!
Kat

Debinhawaii said...

That is one bright, colorful, gorgeous bowl of curry--Yum! I'll have to try that serving idea.

K and S said...

Thanks Debinhawaii, and I didn't even use the light box :)

Take care.
Kat

Martin J Frid said...

Have you tried Mascot? Their vegetarian curry paste is great. It is sold at my local supermarkets and has no beef or pork ingredients.

www.mascot.co.jp

www.indonoaji.com

K and S said...

Thank you Martin, I will look into Mascot brand curry :) I have heard of it but never tried it.

Take care.
Kat