Welcome to Anime Recipes, the Manga.Tokyo column where we actually make the dishes you see in your favorite anime, complete with the recipe and our thoughts!
This time we are going to cook Inuzuka family’s homemade curry from the TV anime Sweetness & Lightning (Amaama to Inazuma). In Episode 09 (here is our review), they prepared a recipe from the cookbook Tsugumi’s mother left behind after she passed away. It was a very sentimental episode about how people deal with the loss of their loved ones, and how important food is to our culture and to our memories!
Curry is one of Japan’s traditional dishes. Many people think that curry is traditionally Indian, and they are partly right, but Japan loves curry so much that they have created their own traditional recipes. And since Japanese people love curry, it’s only natural that we often see curry in anime as well. Curry is vital to anime food scenes. There are many varieties of curry in Japan. In the most common version we put beef, sweet onions, potatoes, carrots, and add curry roux, which gives it a thick texture. The curry we often see in anime is also of this type.
However, in this episode we are going to make dry curry. As the name implies, dry curry doesn’t have soup and adds raising to the recipe. In Japan we rarely use raisins in our cooking, and I was unsure at first. I decided to go with it since it looked delicious!
Cut the sweet onions, carrots, celery, eggplants, and green peppers into 5mm cubes.
Mince the ginger and garlic.
Dissolve the cube bouillon in 300cc of boiling water
Heat a pan and spread salad oil. Fry the ginger and garlic.
Add the sweet onions when it starts to give off aroma.
When the sweet onions turn into a clear color, add the carrots, celery, and eggplants. Fry as you stir.
Add the ground pork.
When all the ingredients are cooked, add the curry powder and the salt.
4. Add the rest of the ingredients
Add the diced tomatoes, and when it starts boiling add the grated apples.
Add the raisins, green peppers, and bouillon soup from instruction 1. Heat for 10 min on medium heat, until the soup evaporates
5. Serve the curry
Serve the curry according to the amount of salt and garam masala each of your guests wants. Probably it’s best to serve the children first.
The trick is to cook it until it gets thick.
Time to eat! Itadakimasu!!
(C)Gido Amagakure, KODANSHA/”sweetness & lightning” Production Committee. All Rights Reserved.
Yum! There are many kinds of veggies and a lot of meat in this dish, so it’s juicy and filling. Although we didn’t add any sugar, it was sweet because of the veggies and raisins. Garam masala moderates the sweetness, so adults who prefer their food less sweet will like it too. It’s sweet and spicy, just like the anime!
I was worried about the raisins, but they match the saltiness and they taste good. Unexpectedly, they go with the rice as well. This dry curry has many ingredients and you can taste the various textures and flavors. The green peppers, which Tsugumi hated, are not standing out as much because of the curry, but the celery’s flavor is pretty strong. I like celery so I enjoyed it very much, but maybe you’ll want to leave it our of your dish if you are not a celery fan. The good thing with curry is that you cam adjust the spiciness just before serving the dish!
Have you tried the dish? Please leave comments and share your pictures if you cook this homemade dry curry!
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