Japanese Curry Udon Noodles

by Miyoko Schinner author of  Artisan Vegan Cheese and the The New Now and Zen Epicure.
 Curry Udon
Here’s a recipe that is traditionally made using an oil-based roux. I’ve veganized it and made it oil-free! If you’re  gluten-free, just substitute fat rice noodles for the udon.

Serves 4                                             cooking time 20 minutes

Curry Sauce:

4 to 5 cup vegetable broth
1 heaping tablespoon Curry Powder
3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
3 to 4 tablespoons potato flour (not starch)

To make the sauce, combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes until thickened and flavorful. Adjust seasonings as desired, adding more curry powder and/or tamari to taste.

Meanwhile, cook the noodles and vegetables as described below.

4 servings of udon noodles, either fresh or dried
1 carrot, thinly sliced
½ cup daikon or turnips, thinly sliced
1 radish, zucchini, or broccoli stalk, thinly sliced
2 cups fresh spinach

Bring a pot of water to a boil. If you are using dry udon noodles, you will need to boil them for 8 to 10 minutes, or according to package instructions. Fresh noodles will require only a couple of minutes, so please adjust cooking times according to what you’re using.

You can steam, blanch, or sauté your veggies separately, but I prefer – and it’s easier – to simply add them to the noodles during the last minute or two of cooking. (This helps with clean-up too – one less pot to clean!)

Note that the spinach should be added at the very last and just for a few seconds, as it will cook very quickly.

Drain the noodles and vegetables and portion them out into 4 bowls, then pour top with sauce and enjoy.

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