Curry Croquettes are one popular variation of the classic Japanese croquettes with a distinctly rich flavor. These Curry Croquettes are incredibly delicious and perfect for dinner or as a snack in a bento lunch box.
I had the chance to take a short vacation in Japan last autumn. It had been an amazing experience for me, especially to try delicious dishes the country offered. One of the dishes I could not miss out on during my journey there was Japanese croquette. Head to the frozen food and ready-to-take out aisles at any supermarket, or to the heated deep-fried snack display cases at the convenience stores. I could pretty much find croquettes almost everywhere in Japan.
As simple as they sound, every bite of croquettes truly brings a comforting and satisfying feeling for me. They have a crispy exterior on the outside and creamy mashed potatoes interior. They come in many variations and my favorite is currently the curry flavor. Today we are going to recreate Curry Croquettes with this recipe back in our kitchen.
About Curry Croquettes
The Curry Croquettes recipe was actually the adaption from my previous Beef Croquettes recipe. The ingredients and the process were the same, but with the addition of curry paste. Creamy mashed potato was combined with seasoned beef and curry paste. Then, the mixture was formed into patties and wrapped with crispy breadcrumbs coating before deep-frying them.
If you have done your research on how to make Curry Croquettes on the internet, most recipes call for curry powder. I used Japanese curry roux instead of curry powder because it was what I had in my pantry. The solid roux is already made with all flavor packed inside which melts easily in hot liquid.
I added some hot water to dilute the curry roux into a paste. Any added liquid will affect the whole consistency of the mashed potatoes. That was why my Curry Croquettes were little on the soft side. However, I made sure just to add as little as possible water so that the mashed potato could still hold the shape while being fried.
Tips For Making Curry Croquettes
The best tip I have for making these delicious Curry Croquettes is to make sure there is no remaining liquid that will affect the whole consistency of the mashed potatoes and make it easier to be shaped. Firstly, you can do it by draining the cooked potatoes well and cooking them again to evaporate the remaining moisture. Secondly, strain and leave the liquid in the stir-fried beef mixture. Last but not least, do not add more water stated to dilute the curry roux into a paste. The paste will be grainy at first. However, everything will be well incorporated at the end after combining it with the mashed potatoes mixture.
For more tips regarding making basic croquettes, please read my previous Beef Croquettes recipe.
More Japanese Curry Recipes
Do you love making dishes with Japanese curry? Here are some delicious recipes to try at home:
- Chicken Curry Udon
- Curry Bread
- Japanese Chicken Curry
- Spiral Curry Puffs with Japanese Curry Filling
- Chicken Katsu Curry