Curry bowls are quite the rage these days. Open Pinterest or any food websites, and I’m quite sure you will find some of these gorgeous bowls loaded with healthy ingredients staring back at you. When I first read about curry bowls, I went hmphhh and said to myself, “this is how I eat my sambar, rice and veggies in one bowl on most weekdays for lunch”. But smirks and jokes apart, they are much more than just mixing a dal, rice and veggies in a bowl, even though that also well qualifies to be a ‘curry bowl’ 😀
From what I have understood, a curry bowl comprises a curry – which could be any curry of your choice, made using vegetables or meat or both, a kind of grain to soak up all the curry liquids and a variety of toppings to add interest, colour and texture to your bowl.
I usually make a quick Thai curry from a ready paste and reconstituted coconut powder, especially because chopping up and then cooking the vegetables and the grains takes some time, and I don’t have time to make the curry paste from scratch for a weekday lunch. This is a great way to get your 5 a day share of vegetables. Even if you are using a protein like tofu or chicken, make sure you add a mix of colourful vegetables too, to make it healthier
For the grains, you could choose from cooked broken wheat (dalia)/ brown rice/ red rice/ couscous/ quinoa or even millets. Most of these grains are best cooked with 1:2 water, so that they remain fluffy and not clumped up. In my experience, brown rice cooks best in pressure cooker. Keep the flame on Sim for 10-12 minutes after one whistle and then switch off, allowing the cooker to cool down. When you open the cooker, the grains will be perfectly cooked. The other grains like dalia, millets and quinoa can be cooked on stove top or rice cooker. Couscous needs no cooking, just soaking in boiling hot water. You can also choose noodles instead of any of the above grains
The toppings are what make the curry bowl so much more interesting than just a mix of curry and rice. Chopped boiled eggs, toasted peanuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped herbs, pickled onions, stir fried greens, sesame seeds, julienned lemongrass, all make wonderfully flavourful toppings
Recipe for a Healthy Veg Curry Bowl
Equipment required:Pressure Pan to cook the brown rice