How to Make Japanese Curry Over Mashed Potatoes

Japanese curry mashed potatoes

Similar to shepherd’s pie but sweeter and more rich, Japanese curry over mashed potatoes is a comforting meal that both kids and adults will enjoy.


  • 1 1/4 pound potatoes, peeled, and chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter or vegan butter
  • 1 cup milk or unsweetened soy milk or oat milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or grapeseed oil
  • 3oz (about 85g) onion, diced
  • 1.5 oz (about 45g) carrot, diced
  • 1.5 oz (about 45g) frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 oz zucchini (about 60g), diced
  • 350 to 400 ml water, depending on how thick you like your curry to be
  • 5 blocks (squares) of Japanese curry roux such as Vermont Curry
  • 1/3 cup spinach, finely chopped


  • Add the potatoes to a pot and add enough water so there’s about 2 inches above the potatoes.
  • Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and cook the potatoes for about 7 minutes, or until they easily be pierced with a knife or fork.
  • Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add the butter, milk, salt, and pepper, and mashed the potatoes until they are smooth. Set aside.
  1. Add the vegetable oil to a medium pot over medium heat, and add the onion and carrot. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions are translucent. 
  2. Add the corn and zucchini and stir fry for 2 more minutes. 
  3. Add the water and curry roux and keep stirring until the blocks have completely dissolved, and the sauce is thick and bubbling. 
  4. Turn the heat off and stir in the spinach.
  5. Transfer the mashed potato to a medium size bowl and top with the vegetable curry. Serve.


To Refrigerate: Put the leftovers in an airtight storage container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

To Freeze:

Let the dish cool to room temperature and transfer it to a freezer friendly storage container. Freeze for up to 2 months. To reheat, take the dish out of the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge overnight. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes.


Keywords: kare rice

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