Japanese curry is definitely one of my favorite curries. This version uses an electric pressure cooker so you can have great homemade Japanese curry from scratch in under half an hour.
What you will need
1 yellow onion
4 cloves (15g) garlic, crushed
1 thumb-sized chunk (20g) ginger, grated
1 lb (.5 kg) small potatoes
3 medium carrots
1.5 lb boneless chicken thighs
2 tbsp oil
1tbsp (7g) curry powder
2 tbsp 30g mirin
1 tbsp (17g) soy sauce
2 1/2 cups (600ml) chicken broth
2 tbsp corn starch
Salt and pepper
How to cook
For stew onion, I like a longitudinal slice for a texture that can hold up to a long cook time.
How to Slice An Onion Longitudinally
There are a ton of ways to cut an onion. Over time, you tend to favor different cuts for different dishes. I favor longitudinal slices for stews and braises because they provide a little more texture than slicing at latitude. The difference is subtle, but I think it's worth looking at.
Crush your garlic however you like. I usually use the broad side of my knife or a microplane.
Crush the ginger to a pulp with a ginger grater. Or you can use the finest side of a standard box grater.
If your potatoes are small, feel free to leave them whole. These potatoes were medium-sized, so I lined them up and quartered them.
Quarter the apple. Slice out the core. Slice the apple thin. Or, you can use a cheese grater and grate the apples as well to make sure that they are not detectable in the final dish. But the pressure cooking should take care of that anyway.
The roll cut is a great technique for stews because it helps your carrots cook evenly, and it also yields some interesting shapes.
Roll Cut Carrots
The roll cut is great for quickly chopping vegetables that have an oblong shape. See, the problem with oblong vegetables like carrots is that they are wider on one side. This means that if you slice them uniformly, the pieces will not really cook at the same rate. The haphazard nature of the roll cut yields some interesting shapes that should cook more evenly than a standard cut.
Sometimes boneless chicken thighs can have little pieces of gristle on the back where the bone has been removed. If you feel any rough spots, slice them off. Then chop up the chicken.
Tap the button that says 'sautée'. This will heat your instant pot up, just like if you put a pan on a medium heat.
Pour in the oil and heat until shimmering.
Dump in the apples and onions. Stir over heat until onion is translucent.
Drop in the anchovies, and stir.
Add the garlic, ginger and curry. Stir over heat until fragant.
Dump in the soy sauce, followed by the chicken broth.
Pour in the mirin and scrape the bottom of the pot to remove any fond that has developed.
Then, add your carrots, potatoes, and finally, the chicken.
Press 'cancel', then select 'poultry', followed by 'pressure'. This sets your Instant Pot to cook on low pressure for about 15 minutes.
When the cycle is complete, your Instant Pot will start beeping at you. Carefully turn the release valve on the lid of your pressure cooker to release the pressure. That's hot steam, so watch out!
When the pressure has been fully released, you will be able to twist the lid to remove.
Dissolve the corn starch in a small amount of water. Stir this slurry into your curry. Mix well. The broth will begin to thicken.
Stir in salt to taste. Serve over rice. I love scallions or pickled radish as a garnish.