I really have no earthly idea what constitutes a Buddha Bowl.
All I know is I started ‘really’ liking them at a restaurant / tea lounge in the Domain called The Steeping Room.
Now, they do tea well, and they serve a mighty fine Kukicha, but these ladies that own it know a thing or two about putting together the right legume with the correct grain.
And I cannot say enough for the tea-braised chicken sandwich, which they offer on spelt bread.
While the menu is diverse and everything I have ever had there in my many visits has been outstanding I keep on going back to this simple Buddha bowl they do, which allows one to sample different combos of rices / grains , beans and greens.
Sometimes its quinoa, sweet potato and brown rice (and a little dollop of baked tofu.)
Another time I think I had black beans, sweet potato, and the brown rice. But what I do need to mention is: this sesame tamari vinaigrette that gets poured right on top of it all. (I usually ask for mine on the side.)
The dressing is divine! I believe they put a little sesame oil and apple cider vinegar in there and the tartness plays well with the sweetness of the sweet potato.
At home, I’ve been working up different combinations.
Today for lunch we had ruby red rice, sweet potato and white bean. All of this with chard. Some days I do this with kale. It just depends on what I have in the pantry … and the possibilities are endless.
In thinking up the next ‘bowl’ I want a lot of color, a grain of some sort, a bean, and leafy green veggies.
If you have ideas, please send them my way.
I would love to cook it up.