Mild, savory, and slightly sweet Japanese curry — kare raisu—is one of the most popular dishes in Japan and a fine example of yoshoku cooking, which are Western dishes (via the British via India) reinvented through traditional Japanese food principles. Tender chicken, carrots, and potatoes are simmered in a thick curry with perfectly balanced flavors and a hint of sweetness from honey and apple.
Curry blocks were invented to make it easy for busy people to whip up an “instant” pot of curry. The commercially made curry blocks are shelf-stable boxes of curry roux full of questionable ingredients, such as stabilizers, chemical flavorings, and preservatives.
Who needs that? We can make our own! They're a wonder to have on hand for a quick and delicious meal. Throw a frozen block into a pot with your other ingredients, add water, and dinner can be ready in fewer than 30 minutes.
You’ll learn to make a roux, find out why honey is added only at the end, and perhaps pick up a new knife skill — the Rangiri style of carrot cutting. You'll also gain a deeper understanding of washoku, the ancient Japanese food traditions that make meal preparation fun as well as transformative for your health.
- Ages 14 and up are welcome.
- You must wear closed-toe shoes to class.
- Each participant will need to be registered for the class (no drop-ins).
- View BARN's current COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
- BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
- For those who might need physical assistance, learn more about BARN's Companion Program.
Instructors or Guides
Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz