Cook's Hideout: Japan - Vegetable Curry with Edamame

September 11, 2014

Japan - Vegetable Curry with Edamame

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series -- Around the World in 30 days
Country: J for Japan
Dish: Vegetable Curry with Edamame
We are going all the way east to Japan today. I knew it is an island but I didn't know that it is a archipelago of 6,852 islands. Japan always amazes me because it is one of the smaller countries in the world and even after enduring 2 atomic bombs in Hiroshima & Nagasaki back in 1945, it is now one of the most developed countries.
Japanese cuisine is based on combining staple foods, typically Japanese rice or noodles, with a soup and okazu (or side dish) -- dishes made from fish, vegetable, tofu and so on -- to add flavor to the staple food. Japanese cuisine is known for its emphasis on seasonality of food, quality of ingredients and presentation.
Some version of Japanese Sushi is probably found in very corner restaurant in the world. Tempura is also a very famous Japanese dish were veggies and seafood are battered and deep fried. Finding vegetarian dishes in Japan is quite difficult because they use dashi (seafood) stock in most of the dishes.
Japan - Vegetable Curry with Edamame

Today I made a Japanese curry. It is considered to be the national dish of Japan along with Sushi and Ramen. Japanese curries are thickened like gravy and are much more simple in flavor than the ones found in India.
Japan - Vegetable Curry with Edamame
Recipe adapted from here:
Ingredients: Serves 2~3
Potato - 1 medium, peeled and chopped
Carrot - 1 medium, peeled and cut into half moons
Apple - 1 small, chopped
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Garlic - 1 clove, finely minced
Curry powder - 2tsp (suggest S&B curry powder)
Tomato Ketchup - 1tbsp
Vegetarian Worcestershire sauce - 2tsp
Miso paste - 1tbsp (I didn't add this since I didn't have it on hand)
Fresh or Frozen Edamame - 1cup
Salt - to taste

  • Heat 2tbsp oil in a sauté pan, add onions and cook till they start turning brown around the edges. Add the carrot and cook for 5 minutes. 
  • Stir in curry powder and potatoes -- mix well and cook for 2~3 minutes. 
  • Add apples, ketchup, Worcestershire, salt and 1/2 cup water. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat, cover and cook till the veggies are tender, about 15~20 minutes. 
  • Add the edamame and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve over steamed rice or noodles.
Japan - Vegetable Curry with Edamame

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  1. Very colorful curry with the mixed vegetables and apple. Not sure how much and where the edamame is added.

  2. Thanks for the comment Varada. I updated the recipe with the edamame details :-)

  3. Very interesting and healthy curry !

  4. The curry looks delicious. .and love that edamame. .we really used to eat a lot of thosr on our trip..brings back memories. Good job with the curry.

  5. Very delicious curry, the addition of apple sounds quite interesting, colourful dish.

  6. Nice curry. I am surprised Japan also has a curry! I never knew it. Colorful and inviting curry.

  7. I guess a colorful, healthy curry with simple flavors. I had never tried adding apple to vegetable curries before and that sounds an interesting addition.

  8. Oh wow that an fantastic looking curry :) love the addition of apple to the curry , my mouth is watering seeing them !! I even love edamame in the gravy , I make indian style gravy with edamame and this curry has tempted me to try now !!

  9. Superb curry Pavani. We used to eat a lot of edmame in China.Nice pics Pavani...

  10. That is surely a very interesting curry with apple and edamame!

  11. Very nice one Pavani..interesting to note that they have a curry much like ours..I was not able to get anything and gave up japan..:)..very nice setup you got there!

  12. I've heard how popular curries are in Japan as one of my former roommates was japanese - this ones looks delicious

  13. Curry looks delicious pavani, love those green color edamame popping up in the curry. Awesome presentation as usual!! :)


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