Aubergine Katsu Curry (also Pork)

So… pork katsu curry is delicious, but not the healthiest thing in the world, so instead I thought I’d try this aubergine version.

I intended to do this last week. I looked at the recipe, it called for two aubergines for four people, so I just ordered one. But when it came… it was rather tiny, like the size of an avocado. So… that wasn’t going to work.

So this week I ordered another aubergine. And they didn’t have it in stock and so I got delivered mini aubergines, which are the size of chillies. No use for this recipe…

Then I messed up my pork donburi by forgetting the pork.

So: aubergine and pork katsu curry it is!

It starts with making a sauce, which will get blended after being cooked, which is great because it means I didn’t have to cut everything up really small!

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Once blended it can sit around until it gets reheated for serving. It’s one of those curries where you pour the sauce over the meat, which is a travesty with Indian curries, but it’s how katsu is meant to be, so that’s OK.

The pork and aubergines get the egg & seasoned breadcrumb treatment.

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These go in the fridge after being prepped.

Also in in the fridge goes a pickled cucumber strips. The aubergine recipe said serve with cucumber strips… but it didn’t pickle them! Silly recipe. So pickle with mirin, white wine vinegar, salt & seaweed mix, plus freshly ground black pepper.

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Finally in the prep a mix of spring onion greens, coriander & nori (dried seaweed) is prepped for a garnish.

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With everything prepped, actually cooking is simple. Get the rice cooking while the oven heats up. Rice comes off the heat to stand when the pork & aubergine go in the oven, and the sauce gets heated up. Then it’s just plating up!

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Unfortunately the aubergines weren’t fully cooked, and apparently the skin can be poisonous if not fully cooked, so we had to cut that off, and the middle was a little crunchy.

The rest was great though – pork was nicely cooked with crunchy breadcrumbs, curry was nice and spicy (very spicy…), and the cucumber pickle was a great side!

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