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Japanese Java Cheese Curry.

Updated: Sep 30, 2021

Japanese Java curry with cheddar cheese, garlic, raisins and spinach served with rice by kurumicooks Japanese Asian and Fsion cooking for your kitchen

Here's a recipe that shouldn't work but it really does. I have to admit that the first time this was put in front of me by my father-in-law many years ago when we had just been introduced, I thought, "what? cheese in a curry? maybe he doesn't like me.." and then I took a taste and realised how wrong I was to doubt the combination. It's like curry + western umami flavour - weirdly, it works very well. A spicy curry mixed with little chunks of soft, mature, cheddar cheese now makes it to our kitchen table at least once a month, rain or shine.

For this recipe, I used Java curry cubes (medium heat) although you could use other curry cube brands, I've made this with all of them and it always works. Along with cubes of mature cheddar, I added onion, garlic, raisins and spinach and a little curry powder for extra spice. If you prepare your rice in advance, you can have this on the table within 15 minutes. The trick is to cook the curry sauce and drop the cubes of cheese in at the last moment so they soften but don't melt completely into the sauce. Then.... just enjoy....

If you want to try this recipe, you can find the Youtube tutorial by clicking Java Cheese Curry or scroll to the bottom of the page. The written recipe is just below.

Happy cooking! Kurumi XXXX.

If you would like to browse other curry recipes, why not check out my Java Beef Curry?


Java Cheese Curry


(makes 2 servings)

400-450g cooked rice

1 onion (130g)

2 cloves of garlic

a little salt & pepper

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp curry powder

450ml water

3 Java curry cubes

1 tbsp tomato ketchup

80g raisins

90g spinach

150g cheddar cheese


how to:

peel and finely chop the onion

mince the garlic

cut the cheese into 1 cm cubes

heat the oil in a pan, add & fry the onion, garlic, salt & pepper for 1-2 mins

add the curry powder and stir well until incorporated

add the water, curry cubes & tomato ketchup, bring to the boil and cook for 2-3 mins

add the raisins and cook, stirring continuously for 1-2 mins

add the spinach and stir for 1 min

add the cheese just before serving & turn off the heat (don’t cook the cheese as it will melt - you just want the chunks to be softened)

serve with fresh steamed rice


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