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Japanese curry is usually the first dish any new resident of Japan learns to make. It’s cheap, easy, and actually tasty, not to mention pretty healthy depending on how many vegetables you choose to add in. But as many new curry cookers have come to find out, it’s hard to make the exact amount of curry you want, resulting in an awkward amount of leftovers that’s too little to make into a full meal but too big to throw away. That’s why Japanese site, Naver Matome, compiled a list of 12 awesome recipes using that little bit of leftover curry we’re always stuck with. Enjoy our English version and never waste a drop of precious curry again!

1) Grilled Curry Sandwiches

Grilled Curry Sandwiches2Image: Kuroneko Opera

A simple recipe (as long as you have a sandwich grill). Just stick a small amount of extra curry between two pieces of bread, add a slice of cheese if you please, grill, and you’ve got a delicious snack in just a few minutes!

 Or add two slices of cheese for some extra goo.

Grilled Curry SandwichesImage: Kuroneko Opera

2) Cheesy Curry Bake

Cheesy Curry BakeImage: Varon Taste

Another easy recipe, though this one will be better if you have a larger amount of curry left over. Just put some rice in the bottom of a oven-safe dish, add your left over curry, top it with a hard boiled egg yolk, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, and pop it in the oven. You’ll be enjoying a small snack of cheesy-curry-goodness in no time.

3) Curry Cream Pasta

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Make a creamy curry pasta with very little effort. All you need to do is add three tablespoons of cream to one cup of leftover curry. Add some spinach and ground chicken and you’ve got a delicious sauce. Toss in the noodles and this dish is done!

4) Curry Yakisoba

Curry YakisobaImage: Min-Setsu

Yakisoba is another one of those easy to make Japanese dishes, but if you’re tired of the plain old stuff, just add leftover curry to the mix for a twist on a Japanese favorite.

5) Kimchi Curry Fried Rice

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Most people should know how to cook fried rice, so spice up your usual dish with some kimchi and, of course, some leftover curry. It’ll give you an extra spicy kick.

6) Curry Paella

Curry PaellaImage: Maruburo Recipe

This one takes a little more effort, but if you do it right, the results will impress your friends. Saute one clove of garlic, one medium onion, squid (cut into rings), green beans, and shimeji mushrooms. Add 1.5 cups of rice to the pan and cook until transparent. Add two tablespoons of leftover curry, 1.5 cups of water, and one can of tomatoes to the pan. Put a lid on the pan and cook the rice for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit for an additional five minutes. Enjoy!

7) Curry Soba

Curry SobaImage: Kuroneko Opera

If you know your way around a soup stock, you should be good with this one. Make a broth using your leftover curry, dashi stock, hot water, green onions and a little splash of mirin and cooking sake. Then boil up some soba noodles and you’re good to go!

8) Curry Udon

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This one is similar to the curry soba, but this time, try adding in soy sauce and abura-age (fried tofu skins). Then substitute soba noodles for udon and you have yourself a slightly different noodle dish.

9) Curry Wonton

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This one looks fancy, but it’s actually not too difficult. Add small dollops of your leftover curry to the middle of a dumpling wrapper. Pinch the sides like you see in the photo above and fry until golden brown. Delicious!

10) Curry Eggroll

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Okay, so the recipe we found for curry egg rolls might surprise you, so feel free to get creative and add anything you like to the middle. Here’s what the recipe from cookpad, a popular Japanese recipe site, suggests: leftover curry, canned tuna, cheese, sausage. Wrap that all up in a spring roll wrapper and fry to a golden brown.

11) Curry Mabo Tofu

Curry Mabo TofuImage: Your Tech

Mabo tofu (when made from a package) is another easy 10 minute dish from start to finish. Just add the packaged sauce, tofu, and some green onions if you’re feeling wild. Try adding in some of your leftover curry for a different, spicier taste.

12) Curry Nabe

Curry NabeImage: Maruburo Recipe

Few things are better on a cold winter day than a dinner of hot nabe. Nabe is a Japanese hotpot dish typically filled with vegetables and bite-sized meats. You can add virtually anything you want to the pot, so why not try adding your extra curry to flavor the broth?

Well, that’s all for our list of 12 foods you can make using leftover curry. Let us know if you try any of them and give us your leftover curry recipes in the comments sections!

Source: Naver Matome