Delicious Gluten-Free Japanese Curry Rice Recipe

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I am always on the lookout for healthy recipes that are easy to make and great in taste. Today, I am excited to share with you my recipe for gluten-free Japanese Curry Rice. This is a dish that is perfect for those who love flavorful food but want to be mindful of their diet.

Japanese curry rice is a delicious and hearty meal that is loved by many across the world. It is a warm and comforting dish that has gained popularity due to its unique flavors and use of curry powder. My gluten-free version of this dish promises to deliver all the goodness of traditional Japanese curry rice while being safe for those who suffer from gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

This recipe uses simple ingredients such as beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and rice flour, combined with curry powder and spices to create an excellent flavor profile that will leave your taste buds satisfied. The best part about this recipe is that it is effortless to make and can be customized according to your preferences.

Whether you are a fan of chicken, beef, or vegetarian meals, this recipe has something for everyone. With easy-to-follow instructions and useful tips included in this article, you will be able to make a perfect batch of gluten-free Japanese Curry Rice in no time.

So go ahead and try this recipe today! I promise that it will quickly become your go-to meal for any time of day – whether it’s lunch or dinner. Plus, your family and friends will love it too!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Japanese Curry Rice
Gluten Free Japanese Curry Rice

If you’re seeking a gluten-free and dairy-free twist on a traditional Japanese dish, then this gluten-free Japanese curry rice recipe is perfect for you. As someone who is passionate about healthy organic food, I believe that consuming food that is good for your body should never be boring. That’s why I highly encourage trying out this recipe.

You will love this dish because of its rich and flavorful taste. The combination of curry powder, beef broth, pickled ginger, and other spices creates a deep and indulgent taste sensation that will tantalize your taste buds. The dish has an uncanny ability to stimulate and satisfy all the senses all at once.

Moreover, the ingredients used in the preparation of the dish are purposeful and nutrient-rich. Beef, potatoes, carrots, and rice are loaded with essential nutrients like protein, fiber, potassium, vitamins B6 & C. Including these ingredients in your meals can enhance your overall health in various ways such as improving digestion, aiding weight loss, and boosting skin health.

Lastly, you’ll enjoy preparing this meal because it’s simple to make; anyone can follow these instructions – even if they have minimal cooking experience. Whether you’re looking for a weeknight meal or entertaining guests during a special occasion – this dish guarantees an enjoyable time.

In summary, this gluten-free Japanese curry rice recipe is perfect for those who enjoy delicious and healthy meals that are easy to prepare. It’s packed with nutritious ingredients that are both filling and flavorful. Give it try today so that you may experience the ultimate fusion of flavor and nutrition!

Ingredient List

 A warm and fragrant blend of Japanese flavors and wholesome ingredients
A warm and fragrant blend of Japanese flavors and wholesome ingredients

Here are the gluten-free ingredients for this Japanese curry rice recipe:

For the Curry Roux:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Curry:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound chopped beef (or use chicken or lentils for vegan or vegetarian option)
  • 2 medium sized diced potatoes
  • 2 medium sized diced carrots
  • 1 medium sized diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated gingerroot
  • 5 cups beef broth (or vegetable broth for vegan or vegetarian option)
  • 2 tbsp of pickled ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Salt to taste

For the Rice:

  • Rice, cooked according to package directions.

The Recipe How-To

 Saucy, savory, and gluten-free – a curry dish that ticks all the boxes
Saucy, savory, and gluten-free – a curry dish that ticks all the boxes

Now that we have gathered all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to bring them all together and create this delicious gluten-free Japanese Curry Rice recipe. Follow these easy steps, and you’ll have a hearty and flavorful meal in no time!

Step 1: Prep the Ingredients

Start by prepping all ingredients: chop one onion, two medium potatoes, and two medium carrots into small bite-size pieces. Mince one garlic clove and grate a thumbnail-sized piece of fresh gingerroot. Set aside the veggies in a bowl.

Step 2: Cook the Beef

In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat up 2 tbsp of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add roughly 1 pound of sliced beef (any cut of your choice) to the pot and sauté for about 5-7 minutes until browned on all sides. Transfer the beef to a plate.

Step 3: Make the Curry Base

Melt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter in the same pot over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, grated ginger, and chopped onion to the pot and sauté for about 5 minutes until softened.

Add 2 tablespoons of rice flour to the pot and stir for another minute until fully combined with no lumps left. Stir in 2 tablespoons curry powder (you can also use Japanese curry powder), 1 tablespoon Garam Masala, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt.

Slowly pour in 4 cups beef broth (or vegetable broth) while stirring constantly. Add in your browned beef back into the pot, as well as your prepped veggies.

Step 4: Simmer and Thicken

Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until your veggies are cooked through. Cover the pot with a lid and stir occasionally.

Optional: If you want a thicker consistency, dissolve 2 tbsp of rice flour in 1/4 cup cold water and slowly pour into the pot while stirring. Continue to simmer for another 10-15 minutes.

Step 5: Cook Rice and Serve

While the curry is simmering, cook 2 cups of rice according to package instructions. Once everything is ready, serve your gluten-free Japanese Curry Rice by scooping a generous portion of the curry onto a bed of rice. Garnish with micro grated or pickled ginger.

Enjoy your homemade Japanese Curry dish that’s full of flavor and free from gluten and dairy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfect for a cozy night in, or for satisfying a curry craving
Perfect for a cozy night in, or for satisfying a curry craving

Japanese curry rice is a delicious dish that can be modified based on your preferences or dietary restrictions. Here are some ideas for substitutions or variations to make your meal even more enjoyable!

– Gluten-Free Options: Use rice flour instead of wheat flour in the recipe to make it gluten-free. You can also use gluten-free curry powder or Japanese curry roux, such as the House Foods Vermont Curry which is allergen-free.

– Vegetarian and Vegan Options: You can substitute beef with lentils or vegetables like mushrooms, cauliflower, and eggplant. For vegan options, use vegetable broth instead of beef broth.

– Chicken Curry: If you prefer chicken over beef, you can try making a Japanese chicken curry. Use boneless chicken thighs or breasts and cut them into small pieces before adding them to the pot. Chicken katsu curry is another popular variation where panko-breaded chicken is served with Japanese curry sauce.

– Spicier Curry: If you like your food spicy, add extra curry powder or substitute it with garam masala for a more complex flavor profile.

– Different Veggies: While potatoes and carrots are traditional ingredients, you can add other veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, or sweet potato to your curry rice for a different taste and texture.

– Homemade Curry Roux: Instead of purchasing pre-made Japanese curry roux cubes or powder, you can make your own by mixing equal parts butter and flour (rice flour for gluten-free option), then adding curry powder and other seasonings for flavor.

Remember to adjust the cooking time depending on the ingredients you choose to use in your dish. Whatever variation you choose, enjoy your flavorful curry rice!

Serving and Pairing

 Simple ingredients, bold taste – everyone will be asking for seconds
Simple ingredients, bold taste – everyone will be asking for seconds

Once your gluten-free Japanese curry rice is ready, it’s time to think about how best to serve and pair it!

Because this dish is hearty and comforting, I recommend garnishing it with something fresh and crunchy to balance out the rich flavors. Pickled ginger is a great option here – not only does it add texture, but it also provides a bright and tangy contrast to the warmth of the curry.

If you’re a fan of spicy food, you can also sprinkle some micro-grated ginger on top for an added kick. And if you’d like to add some extra sweetness to the dish, a sprinkle of sugar (or sugar substitute) can do the trick.

When it comes to pairing, Japanese curry rice goes best with simple sides that won’t compete for attention. Some steamed or sautéed vegetables like broccoli or bok choy make for great additions, or you can serve some pickled vegetables alongside the curry for a more traditional Japanese-style meal.

You can also enjoy this dish with a simple salad dressed in sesame oil and rice vinegar for a refreshing counterpart to the rich flavors of the curry.

For drinks, I recommend sticking with something light and refreshing like green tea or water infused with lemon or cucumber slices. And if you’re looking for an adult beverage to go with the meal, a crisp white wine or light beer would do nicely.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair this dish, one thing is for sure: once you take a bite of this flavorful gluten-free Japanese curry rice, you’ll be hooked!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Creamy and comforting, with a welcome kick of spice to keep things exciting
Creamy and comforting, with a welcome kick of spice to keep things exciting

One of the most convenient things about this gluten-free Japanese curry rice recipe is that it’s easily made ahead of time. You can cook a big batch and then enjoy it for quick and easy meals throughout the week. To store, transfer the curry to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days.

To reheat, simply place your desired portion in a saucepan over medium heat, adding some water or beef broth if it looks too thick. Alternatively, you can microwave the curry in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring it every 30 seconds until it’s heated through.

If you’d like to freeze your leftover curry rice, I recommend using freezer-safe containers or bags. You can freeze this dish for up to 3 months. To defrost frozen curry, simply transfer it into the fridge overnight and reheat per the instructions above.

Although this recipe is perfect as a standalone meal, you can also enjoy it with steamed rice or noodles, especially udon noodles. Store leftover rice separately from the curry in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Reheat up leftover rice by microwaving with a splash of water or broth until heated through.

Remember that reheated curry often tastes better than fresh-made! The flavors have more time to meld together and develop into an even more complex and delicious dish.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A healthy and hearty meal that's packed with flavor and nutrition
A healthy and hearty meal that’s packed with flavor and nutrition

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I always look for ways to elevate my dishes while keeping them healthy and delicious. Here, I’ll share some tips on how to make your Gluten-Free Japanese Curry Rice recipe a flavorful and successful one.

Firstly, if you’re making a vegan or vegetarian version of this recipe, consider adding lentils or chickpeas for extra protein and texture. You can even experiment with different vegetables like sweet potatoes or butternut squash, which will add a hint of sweetness to the dish.

Secondly, don’t shy away from using garam masala in addition to curry powder. This spice blend, commonly used in Indian cuisine, adds depth and warmth to the dish. And speaking of curry powder, I recommend using a high-quality brand that includes a blend of spices like coriander, cumin, turmeric, and ginger.

Thirdly, make sure to cook the rice according to the package instructions. Use a pot with a tight lid and resist any urges to lift it during cooking. Once the rice is done, let it sit for 5-10 minutes before fluffing it with a fork. This will give it ample time to absorb any excess moisture and create light, fluffy grains.

Fourthly, if you prefer your curry sauce on the creamier side, add a splash of coconut milk. However, if you’d like to keep it dairy-free altogether, top your dish with some pickled ginger for an acidic kick that cuts through the richness.

Lastly, when preparing the curry roux, be patient! Allow it to cook for several minutes on low heat until it becomes dark brown and fragrant. Then gradually add the broth while whisking continuously until smooth. This will ensure that the sauce has a silky texture without any lumps.

Incorporating these tips into your cooking process will elevate your Gluten-Free Japanese Curry Rice recipe into a restaurant-quality dish that everyone will love. Enjoy!


Now, let’s move on to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. In this section, we aim to answer some common questions regarding the recipe and the ingredients used. So, let’s get started!

Is there gluten in Japanese curry?

Compared to Thai or Indian curries, Japanese curry is noticeably sweeter. However, the only downside is that the store-bought curry blocks all contain wheat. But fear not, for the solution lies in making your own Gluten-Free Japanese curry roux to achieve that flavorful bowl of curry.

What curry powder is gluten free?

This 3.5oz (100g) packet of Rani Curry Powder Hot contains an authentic blend of 11 spices commonly used in Indian cuisine. It is all-natural, free of salt and artificial colors, and suitable for vegans. Being gluten-friendly and non-GMO, this Indian-origin spice blend is a great addition to any pantry!

Is Golden Curry Japanese curry mix gluten free?

This particular product cannot be considered gluten-free due to the presence of one ingredient containing gluten and another ingredient that may contain gluten depending on its source.

Can you get gluten free curry?

It’s a relief that traditional Indian cuisine is largely devoid of gluten-containing ingredients. This is because it mainly comprises rice, vegetables, and meats, supplemented by nutrient-dense legumes like lentils and chickpeas.

How do you thicken Japanese curry without cornstarch?

When cooking a curry dish without using traditional flour, you can use wheat flour, rice flour, or coconut flour along with a fat like ghee, olive oil, or coconut oil in equal amounts. Cook these ingredients for a few minutes to eliminate the raw flour flavor before adding the other curry ingredients. Once the curry reaches boiling point, the sauce will start to thicken giving you that same consistency as when you would use wheat flour.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free Japanese curry rice recipe is not only incredibly delicious but also healthy and nutritious. By using organic and dairy-free ingredients and gluten-free flour, you can enjoy a flavorful and filling meal without compromising your dietary restrictions. The recipe is also very versatile, allowing you to make substitutions and variations to suit your taste preferences.

Whether you’re a meat-eater or a vegetarian, this recipe can accommodate all. You can swap the beef broth with vegetable broth, lentils or even omit the meat for a vegetarian version. Additionally, you can experiment with different vegetables such as mushrooms or green beans to make it more exciting.

Moreover, this dish is perfect for meal prep as it can be made in bulk and stored for later consumption without losing its flavor or texture. It also pairs well with rice or noodles making it a great option for lunch or dinner.

Incorporating this Japanese curry rice recipe into your diet is an excellent way to fuel your body with essential nutrients while enjoying a delicious meal. So why not give it a try and explore new flavors from the comfort of your home? Trust me; you won’t regret it!

Gluten Free Japanese Curry Rice

Gluten Free Japanese Curry Rice Recipe

If you didn't need to eat GF, you would just use one of the boxed rouxs, like the Japanese do (House Vermont Curry, etc.) But those contain wheat flour, so... I like to add a cup of sour cream at the end, which is not Japanese, but makes it even more rich tasting.
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Calories 1653.5 kcal


  • 3 cups japanese rice, cook in rice cooker with water up to 3 cup line
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • 1 lb beef, stir fry cut (2-3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup mixed mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon gingerroot, grated
  • 4 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • pickled ginger, red (beni shoga)


  • 1. Rinse the rice and get it cooking in your rice cooker.
  • 2. Put the potatoes and carrots in a pan with water to cover and simmer to soften them.
  • 3. In the final pan (e.g. a 5 qt stew pot), brown the meat. Remove meat from pan and set aside.
  • 4. Add butter to pan, melt, and add onions, and garlic. As the onions go translucent and start to brown, add the mushrooms. Cook them down a bit. Add gingerroot.
  • 5. Combine the rice flour, salt, sugar, curry powder. Add to onion/garlic/mushroom and mix. Add the beef broth and stir to mix it in and make sure there's no lumps of flour mixture. As it starts coming to a boil, you can add back the meat and drained carrots and potatoes. Once it's thickened and the meat is heated through again, it's done. I like to stir in a cup of sour cream for added richness, but this is optional.
  • The traditional way to serve this is in a large bowl with rice on one half and curry on the other, with a teaspoon or so of beni shoga on the side.
  • Itadakimasu!

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Serving: 582gCalories: 1653.5kcalCarbohydrates: 155.2gProtein: 24.1gFat: 102.8gSaturated Fat: 45.4gCholesterol: 158.2mgSodium: 1240.4mgFiber: 6.5gSugar: 9.5g
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