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tofu katsu and japanese curry

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total: 50 minutes

Servings: 4

Cost: $4.65 /serving


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Step 1

Heat a pot or pan. I used a claypot.

Step 2

When hot, add in 1 tbsp oil. Sauté the onion and bell peppers for 2-3 minutes or until aromatic.

Step 3

Add in the potatoes, eggplant, and water. Add in the block of curry. Mix well.Leave to boil over medium heat. Cover and then stir every few minutes to break down the curry cube. Taste and season with salt as needed since potatoes tend to absorb the flavours well.

Step 4

Continue to mix and cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes until the sauce thickens. You can cover the pot or pan during this time. Feel free to add more water if you want a thinner curry.

Step 5

Once the potatoes are cooked through, turn off heat. Serve with tofu cats and japanese rice. Enjoy while hot!

Step 6

You can watch the video below on how to make tofu katsu!

Step 7

Drain water from the tofu by wrapping them in paper towels and then placing a heavy flat surface (a board or plate) on top of each. Leave for 15 minutes until water has been absorbed by the towels. You can also opt to use a tofu press.

Step 8

Slice each tofu into 1/2 inch thick square slabs. You may be able to slice one tofu into 3 slabs, depending on the thickness of your tofu. Season with salt as needed. If you end up with extra tofu, you can always enjoy it as is!

Step 9

Prepare the batter by mixing all the ingredients until smooth. In another plate or tray, add the breadcrumbs.

Step 10

Place each tofu in the batter then coat into the breadcrumbs. Repeat this step for the rest of the tofu.

Step 11

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Once hot (you can test this by putting a little bread crumbs), add in the tofu. Fry for around 6-8 minutes over medium heat until golden brown. Take them out of the oil then turn off the heat.

Step 12

Let cool for 10-15 minutes to maintain the crispness. Enjoy with some curry and steamed rice!

Step 13

Baking option: Heat your oven to 350F. Place the coated tofu on a lined baking tray (I used parchment paper). Brush some oil on the tofu. Bake them for 35 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. Flip halfway through baking. Note that they won't turn as evenly golden brown compared to those that are fried but still very crisp!

Step 14

Air-Frying option: Note that air-fryer settings may vary. This is using a Cuisinart air fryer/toaster oven combo.To air-fry the tofu, set the air-fryer at 350F then cook for 10 minutes on each side until lightly brown and crisp.

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