Similar to lasagna but made with rice instead of pasta noodles, Curry Doria is Japanese rice gratin topped with flavorful curry meat sauce, cheese and baked into perfection in a casserole. It screams comfort food!
In Japan, we have a rice gratin dish called Doria (ドリア). What’s Doria? Surely it doesn’t sound like a Japanese word but it is a popular Japanese rice casserole.
Doria was invented in 1930’s by a Swiss chef Saly Weil, the first master chef at Hotel New Grand in Yokohama, Japan. The first doria, Seafood Doria, was improvised by Weil for a guest who was sick, and since then all kinds of doria including his first Seafood Doria have been popular Yoshoku (Japanese western food) dishes in Japan (source).