Yutaka offer a great range of oriental products. I tried their Japanese Curry to Go (Katsu curry). It was a perfect way to have a tasty Katsu curry at home.
Here is the recipe I tried to follow (Serves 4/5 people):
1 Large Onion (2 small red onions)
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
Yutaka Japanese-Style Curry Cube 100g
1 large aubergine
1 large sweet potato (I used 2 small sweet potatoes)
Plain flour 100g
Salt & Pepper
50g cornflour mixed with water (to form a paste; similar to egg consistency)
Yutaka Panko 200g (I think you don’t need the whole packet)
Chop onion into small pieces. Add a little oil to the pan and gently fry
chopped onions on low heat until lightly browned. Add 800ml of cold
water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to medium and simmer for 7
minutes. Then let the sauce cool down for a few minutes.
Add 100G of Yutaka Curry into the sauce. Stir until fully dissolved. Simmer on
low heat and stir until sauce thickens.
Cut the sweet potato and aubergine into half cm slices and season
with salt and pepper.
Dredge in flour then dip into the cornflour
mixture and coat with Yutaka Panko. Add oil to pan and once hot,
brown. Leave to drain on a paper towel. Serve with boiled rice and
add the sauce.
I found it a bit tricky to coat and fry the aubergine and sweet potato; I did not manage to get a thick coating of panko crumbs on the vegetables. I also quickly realised when frying, the vegetables soak up a lot of oil however there is no other way to cook them. (I tried using less oil and then the spray oil and they didn’t cook as well). Eventually I managed to shallow fry them in hot oil to start with and then drop the temperature so the vegetables cook through.
The Yutaka panko crumbs are light, crunchy and have a courser texture compared to normal breadcrumbs.
The sauce was so easy to make and it was full of flavour. In fact I think it tasted better than the Katsu curry you get in the restaurants. It had a rich warming flavour and has a bit of spice to it too.
The Yutaka Japanese Curry on the Go is definitely a quick and easy way to have a delicious Katsu Curry at home.
A lot of the Yutaka products are available in Tesco and Sainsbury.