Kid-friendly Japanese curry

Adam Liaw
A mild, child-friendly version of Japanese curry.
A mild, child-friendly version of Japanese curry. Photo: William Meppem

When it comes to my kids, I simply make sure meals are well-seasoned and try to avoid bitter tastes. You'd be surprised how many vegetables you can get a kid to eat just by cooking them in seasoned stock. Choose a mild curry powder and bump up the sweetness slightly with a lashing of tomato sauce. Add a bit of soy sauce for umami and the kids will love it.


60g unsalted butter

80g plain flour

2 tbsp mild curry powder

1 tbsp garam masala

​1½ litres lightly salted chicken stock

2 tbsp tomato sauce (ketchup)

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp dark soy sauce

1 apple, peeled and grated

800g chicken thigh fillets, cut into 3cm pieces

1 large brown onion, thickly sliced

2 large carrots, peeled and cut into irregular chunks

2 sebago potatoes, peeled and cut into irregular chunks

steamed rice, to serve

green peas, to serve


Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add the butter and flour. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine into a roux and cook until it turns a light brown colour. Add the curry powder and garam masala and stir for one minute. Add the stock a little at a time, stirring until a smooth sauce develops. You can add more stock or water if it is too thick.

Add the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and grated apple, then simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce is smooth and fragrant, stirring regularly to stop the sauce from sticking to the saucepan. Remove from the heat.

Stir through the chicken, onion, carrot and potatoes, then simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Allow to stand for a further 10 minutes before serving with steamed rice and green peas.

Also try: My Thai beef with chilli and basil is another child-friendly recipe.

Find more of Adam Liaw's recipes in the Good Food Favourite Recipes cookbook.

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