Spicy Pork Curry with Onion and Mushrooms, withou Roux

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I Wanna Lots of Ingredients

I love spicy curry, it’s delicious. No need for Japanese curry roux, so it’s easier for people in abroad. I also like that it is easy to make once you have collected the spices.

However, I prefer curry with a lot of ingredients. Spicy curry has a lot of the main ingredients, but the other vegetables are less. As I like to complete my meal in one dish, I need a lot of vegetables in curry. So, I made a spicy curry with lots of onions and mushrooms, and of course, lots of pork for the main ingredient.

I Wanna Lots of Spices

If you look at spicy curry recipes, you’ll see that they call for 1/2 teaspoon or 1/3 teaspoon of spices, which is a bit difficult for me. There are so many spices that I’m not even familiar with, and I’m so sketchy, so I’m confused which is 1/2 and what is 1/3. And then I get overconfident and put in too much spice, thinking it will be better. Then, they start to make a powdery, medicinal spice curry. I don’t say “1/2” or “1/3” anymore, I just use 1 teaspoon of everything. It turned out quite tasty, matching the umami taste of the onion and mushrooms.

Isn’t Spicy Curry Delicious?

If you do a search for spiced curry, you will see “spiced curry not tasty” as a suggestion. Of course, the definition of deliciousness is different for each person, so why people find it not delicious is up to them.
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But I can guess it and the reason why I think “spiced curry is not tasty” can be found by looking at the ingredients of Japanese commercial roux.
Let’s take a look at the ingredients of Torokeru Curry Medium Spicy released by SB.

Wheat flour (manufactured in Japan), palm oil/rape seed oil mixture, sugar, salt, starch, curry powder …

https://www.sbfoods.co.jp/products/detail/16217.html

Yes, there is more sugar and salt than curry powder.

Not Enough Salt

In this recipe, I add 1 tablespoon of salt. You may be hesitant to add a tablespoon of salt. However, there are no other ingredients in this curry that contain salt. Even if you add 1 tablespoon of salt, it is less than 1 teaspoon per person. If you are not bold enough to add salt, the powdery taste of the spices will come out. If you are concerned, add 1 teaspoon at a time and see how the taste changes. You will see that if there is not enough salt, it will not taste good.

Of course, if you add too much salt, it will become salty. Even a teaspoon of salt can change the taste quite a bit, so if you put in a tablespoon but want it to be a little saltier, add a little more. And before you adjust, add other seasonings as well.

Not Enough Sweetness

Commercial curry roux may contain more sugar than salt. This means that you need to add plenty of sugar as well to get the right balance of flavor. In fact, if you add sweetness, the saltiness and the aroma of the spices will be much more pronounced. Don’t hesitate to add this as well.

Not Enough Umami

This recipe uses mushrooms. If you use both fresh and frozen mushrooms, you can add both glutamate and guanylate. Pork and onions are both umami-rich ingredients. Still, umami is not enough.
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Just a little bit of ajinomoto here will dramatically change the aftertaste. The result is a delicious curry that leaves a strong aftertaste. Please give it a try. ad
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Spicy Pork Curry with Onion and Mushrooms

Once you have gathered the spices, it is easy to make a spicy curry. I added a lot of onions and mushrooms as well as pork.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time30 mins
KeywordMain
Servings4 people
INGREDIENTS
  • pork 400 g
  • garlic 10 g
  • ginger 10 g
  • pepper 1 tsp
  • onion 300 g
  • mushrooms (your choice) 200 g
  • canned tomato 500 g
  • water 250 g
  • olive oil 1 Tbsp
Spices (all powdered)
  • turmeric 2 tsp
  • allspice 1 tsp
  • garam masala 1 tsp
  • cardamom 1 tsp
  • cumin 1 tsp
  • coriander 1 tsp
  • red pepper 1 tsp
EQUIPMENT
  • Electronic scales
  • Measuring spoon
  • Kitchen knife
  • Cutting board
  • bowl
  • pot
  • Silicon spatula for frying
INSTRUCTIONS
Cooking
NOTES
Be sure to add salt, brown sugar, and ajinomoto.
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