Tofu Katsu Curry (recipe)

Serves: 4 | Prepping time: 15 mins | Cooking time: 60&20 mins
Tofu Katsu Curry is a delicious vegan dish inspired by Japanese cuisine.

It is made from tofu, which is a good source of protein, iron and calcium, and has a meaty texture when properly prepared. The tofu is breaded and fried, and served with a spicy curry sauce and rice.

It's a great way to enjoy the flavors of Japanese cuisine without using meat. Give it a try if you are looking for a delicious vegan dish!

What you need (ingredients)

  • For curry roux:
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 8 oz. (225g) mushrooms, halved
  • salt
  • 1 yellow onion, thickly sliced
  • 1” (2.5cm) fresh ginger, peeled & thinly sliced
  • 1 pt. (480ml) vegetable broth
  • 1 russet potato, peeled & cut into cubes
  • 1 large carrot, cut into irregular chunks
  • 1 medium apple, peeled & grated
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. tamari
  • For katsu tofu:
  • 1.8 lbs. (800g) firm tofu, drained, pressed
  • salt
  • 2.8 oz. (80g) all-purpose flour
  • 5.6 oz. (160ml) almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1.6 oz. (45g) panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1.1 lbs. (500g) cooked white rice, for serving

Nutritional values per serving

  • Energy: 653 kcal
  • Fats: 23 gr
  • Carbohydrates: 85 gr
  • Protein: 33 gr
  • Fiber: 12 gr
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How to make this recipe (how to prepare it)

  • For curry roux:
  • In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over a medium heat. Gradually add the flour and whisk to combine. Continue cooking, whisking constantly for 1-2 minutes, until the flour becomes golden and fragrant. Stir in the spices and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the spices become very fragrant, roughly 30 seconds to 1 minute. Set aside.
  • For the sauce:
  • Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a large skillet over a medium heat, add the mushrooms and cook for 4 minutes until golden. Season with salt, stir to combine and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes, then remove the mushrooms from the heat.
  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot over a medium heat. Add the onion, season with salt, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions have softened slightly and are turning golden at edges. Now add the ginger and cook for a further minute, until fragrant.
  • Add the vegetable broth and a big pinch of salt, bring to a boil, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Transfer about ½ cup of the cooking liquid to a small bowl and whisk in about a quarter of the curry roux. Return this mixture to the pot and stir to combine. Repeat this process a further 3 times until all of the roux has been dissolved into the pot.
  • Now add the potato and simmer, partially covered, for 5 minutes. Add the carrots and half the grated apple and bring to a simmer and cook, partially covered, until the carrots and potatoes are just tender, around 8-10 minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked mushrooms, fresh tomatoes and remaining apple, then season the sauce to taste with tamari.
  • For tofu katsu:
  • Cut the tofu into 4 thinner rectangles. Season each slice on all sides with salt.
  • Add the flour to one shallow bowl, almond milk to another bowl, and panko breadcrumbs to a third. Whisk mustard into the bowl with milk, the sesame seeds into the bowl with panko. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and fit with a wire rack.
  • Work with one piece of tofu at a time, dredge it first into the flour mixture, shaking off any excess flour. Next add the tofu to the milk mixture, then return it to the flour, before dipping back into the milk. Finally dip the tofu pieces into the panko mixture, pressing with your fingers to help the breadcrumbs adhere. Transfer the breaded tofu to the prepared rack and repeat this process with remaining pieces of tofu.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over a medium-high heat. Add the tofu to the hot oil and cook for 4-6 minutes until golden on the underside. Flip the tofu over and repeat on the second side. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and season with salt.
  • Slice the tofu and serve with cooked rice and curry sauce.

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