It is International Yoga Day today. While you might be dusting out those yoga mats and pants as you resolve to get on the fitness regime from today, we share with you a healthy recipe that is as close to a yogic diet as it gets. Even the name of the dish inspires calmness and wholesome health. It is called the Buddha Bowl.
A Buddha Bowl is a great one-bowl meal for those who don’t want to toil away in the kitchen and would rather spend time practising and perfecting the asanas. Unlimited combinations of the Buddha Bowl can be created with seasonal ingredients, making it among the healthiest ways to incorporate proteins, veggies and carbs in a one-bowl meal.
Unlimited combinations of the Buddha Bowl can be created with seasonal ingredients. (Photo: Getty Images)
We take you today through one of those unlimited yummy combinations.
What you’ll need:
200 grams of tofu
1 teaspoon of corn starch
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of sriracha
1 teaspoon of maple syrup
Half a sweet potato
A quarter broccoli
Half a cup of rice
Four or five radish
Half a cucumber
One teaspoon of black sesame seeds
A Buddha Bowl made with roasted tofu, avocado, sweet potato, rice and vegetables. (Photo: Getty Images)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cook the rice and fluff it up using a fork. Set it aside.
Cut the tofu into cubes and add to a mixing bowl. Add the corn starch and mix well ensuring that all the tofu cubes are well coated. Then add the soy sauce, sriracha and maple syrup, and mix well. Leave it to marinate for 10-15 minutes.
While the tofu is marinating, cut the sweet potato into cubes and place it on a baking tray. Once the tofu is ready, place it on the same baking tray with the sweet potatoes. Bake for about 10 minutes.
Take the pan out and add the broccoli florets and bake it along with tofu and sweet potatoes for 15 minutes more. Take it out of the oven and set it aside.
Slice the cucumber and radish and cube the avocado.
Place all the elements in a large bowl, one alongside the other and drizzle with any dressing of your choice. Garnish with a sprinkle of black sesame seeds. While you can choose any dressing, we recommend the peanut sauce.
To make the peanut sauce, combine half a cup of peanut butter (at room temperature), a teaspoon of brown sugar, half a tablespoon of soy sauce, two teaspoons of lime juice, a teaspoon of rice vinegar and half a cup of warm water in a mixing bowl. Mix all the ingredients well till the sauce acquires a homogenous look. Drizzle on the Buddha Bowl and enjoy your scrumptious and healthy meal.