Sweet Potato Katsu Curry


I love, love, love Katsu curry (who doesn't?) and since I accidentally aquired a deep fat fryer (I ordered a blender and somehow ended up with the fryer and a blender) it's become a regular in our fat Friday spot. I've tried making it the healthier way, baking the vegetables, but it's just not as good. I've made this countless times and have adapted the recipe for the sauce from the channel 4 website and made it vegetarian, which unfortunately isn't there anymore, but has been etched in to my brain forever. I've made a veggie version here, but you can easily make it vegan, by swapping the egg for a little flour mixed with water to make a thin batter and then leave the honey out of the sauce (you can replace it with a little brown sugar). It does require a little bit of time to make and clean up afterwards, but it's totally worth it. Unless like me you drop your deep fat fryer on the floor, covering the whole kicthen in stinky oil, which I really don't recommend. I love this served with sticky white rice, salad, steamed dumplings (sometimes home made, some times from my local chinese super market) and edamame covered in scotch bonnet and garlic and parsley salt from Chalfont Chilies

Serves 2

For the sauce:

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 small white onion chopped
3 garlic cloves minced
2 carrots chopped in to small chunks
1 tbsp flour 
2 tbsp mild curry powder 
300 ml vegetable stock 
1 tbsp light soy sauce 
1/2 tsp honey 
1 bay leaf 
1 tsp garam masala 

For the sweet potato 

1 large sweet potato peeled and cut in to 1cm thick slices
1 egg 
50g flour 
1/2 pack of panko bread crumbs

1. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onion and garlic and soften on a medium heat for around 3 minutes, then add the carrot, turn up the heat a little and cook for 10 minutes until the carrot is soft and starting to brown.
2. While the carrots are cooking, set up a breading station with your flour, egg and bread crumbs in separate bowls and turn the deep fat fryer on to 170 degrees.
3. Bread all of your sweet potato slices by dipping them in to the flour first, then the egg, making sure it's completely coated and then the panko breadcrumbs, then put them on to a plate ready for frying.
4. When the carrots are softened, add the flour and curry powder and mix in to the vegetables, then add a little of the vegetable stock to make a paste.
5. Add the vegetable stock, little by little until you have a saucy consistency, then add the soy sauce, honey and bay leaf, turn up the heat to get it boiling, then turn it back down and leave it to simmer for 20 minutes.
6. Deep fat fry your sweet potato in 2 batches for around 10 minutes each, until they're deep brown and cooked through.
7. Once cooked, transfer the sweet potato to a plate covered in kitchen roll to absorb the oil, if you want to keep them warm, pop them on a tray and in to an oven heated to 100 degrees.
8. Remove the bay leaf from the sauce, add the garam masala and stick it in a blender until thick and smooth.
9. Serve your sweet potato with sticky white rice and salad and cover it in the sauce.

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