Kare Pan – Curry Bread
Kare pan (curry bread), is a very famous Japanese snack which has been featured in many animes and dramas. It’s one of my favorite ways to eat curry. If you’re new to curry, kare pan is a great way to start! I had some left over curry from the night before, so I decided to make kare pan. You can eat it for lunch, dinner, or as a mid-day snack. I ended up eating too many and had to skip dinner…
For the filling, I used left over curry. Here’s my easy curry recipe if you need one. Make sure the curry is chilled or it will be hard to fill the dough. This kare pan recipe requires yeast so you’ll need to give it plenty of time for the dough to rise.
This recipe makes about 10 pieces
- 2 cups bread flour
- 1/4 cup cake flour
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 1/2 cup left over curry (chilled)
- 1 egg (beaten)
- panko bread crumbs (about 1 cup)
- Mix 1 teaspoon yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then stir to dissolve. In a large bowl, mix the flour, yeast water, extra 1/4 cup water, salt, 2 teaspoon sugar, and melted butter together to form a dough. Knead for 5 to 10 minutes until smooth (you might have to add a little more flour). When smooth, place dough in large greased bowl. Cover and let it rise in a warm place for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Punch down dough and divide into 10 pieces. Cover and let it rise again for 30 to 45 minutes. Mash the chilled curry until the chunks of meat and veggies are small. On a well floured surface, roll out the dough and put a large spoonful of curry in the center.
- Fold the dough over like a gyoza and pinch to seal (if you need to, you can put a little egg wash around the edge of the dough to seal it). Repeat this step for the other pieces. Beat one egg and dip each piece in the egg mixture.
- Lightly coat with panko bread crumbs. Deep fry each piece at about 375 degrees F until golden brown on both sides (about 1 minute for each side).
- Place the kare pan on Tempura Paper or paper towels to drain the oil. Serve them hot or at room temperature and watch them disappear!