A Buddha bowl is a health bowl/meal comprising usually of vegetables, grains and proteins. To add to its growing popularity is its colorful qualities which make up for the perfect Instagram story.

Popular among Yoga enthusiasts and food bloggers, the Buddha bowl is one of this year’s top emerging food trends.

As it is filled with macronutrients, it is also known as a macro bowl or a hippie bowl. It is perfectly easy to make at home.

In a time when we all sign up for the gym next door and never really go there, why not try a change in our diet instead?

The Buddha bowl seems to provide an easy answer to our health-related queries when the bloated stomach or stomach upsets are the most common problems we regularly face.

One might wonder the reason behind its name- the Buddha bowl-why is it called so?

There is nothing religious associated with this meal for it to be called such. The dish is consumed traditionally by vegetarian monks and is a perfectly balanced diet. Over the years it has become well-known for vegans in Chinese restaurants. So it gradually acquired the name “Buddha bowl” to be associated with a healthy meal.

So, let us look at some of the easiest recipes of this health bowl:

1. Chole In A Bowl

Spice up your chickpeas by lightly roasting them with a few spices. Add some greens like stir-fried broccoli or spinach and avocado slices. You can also add more color to it with red bell peppers, olive oil, lemon juice, pepper and salt to taste.

There, your masala chole bowl is ready to eat!

2. Do It Korean Style!

Cook some rice, lentils, beans and steam some sweet potatoes or broccoli for this easy Buddha bowl recipe. What adds to its Korean flavor and taste is kimchi that is made from salted and fermented vegetables.

If you are not equipped with kimchi, simply use pickled cabbage or any vegetable to add to the taste of your bowl.

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For The Non-Vegetarian!

Grill or bake your chicken and what is different about this Buddha bowl is that you add mangoes to the chicken! Well, not literally to the chicken but yes, the chicken and mangoes go in the same bowl!

Dice up the mangoes with red pepper flakes, honey, coconut milk and apple cider. This makes a really attractive looking meal with fresh mangoes alongside the baked chicken.

4. The Taco Bowl

Toss some sweet corn, sweet potatoes with chill and garlic powder, oregano and cumin. Bake it for 15-20 minutes. The potatoes are ready!

Dash your bowl with some cherry tomatoes, boiled or baked black beans and slices of lemon and green leaves. To add more color as well as taste, you may also add eggs (poached or boiled) to a more sumptuous bowl!

5. The Noodle Bowl

Cook some noodles with green veggies or egg whites. This will be the base for your dish.

Stir fry some carrots and onion alongside. Add some fresh basil, mint and throw in some sprouts to the dish and it’s ready!

So, will you try a Buddha bowl for tonight’s dinner?

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