In the afternoon section of Prajna, I speak about Buddha bowls and the concept of prepping different elements of your ‘bowl’ on any night, so that all you have to do in the morning or the night before is arrange the different components and make it look wonderfully delicious and appealing! There’s variety, colour and ample flavour, which really simplifies the concept of healthy eating. And most of these ingredients will last 4-5 days. The daily variety can come from the different sauces as they add entirely different flavours, but you can also, for example, use kale and spinach one day, and use chicory leaves the next day; or use quinoa one day and use black rice or pearl barley the next!
You can really cook any grain, any green, any vegetable and whip up whatever sauce or chutney you like, but here’s an example of a super simple and easy combo!
– handful kale, roughly chopped
– few tablespoons black beans or any beans
– few florets of broccoli, boiled or steamed
– 1 sweet potato, chopped in cubes, boiled and tossed in salt + garam masala
– 1 avocado, chopped or mashed
Keep a jar of tadka mix and any sauces you like ready
coriander cashew, roasted red pepper, tahini tamarind and tadka mix are my go-to sauces (these recipes are in both Saffron Soul and Prajna)
The green and red sauces last around 3-5 days in the fridge, but the tadka mix lasts for weeks (as it’s literally just spices and seeds popped in oil!)
Tahini and tamarind is literally just the two sauces mixed together, something we serve with the grain bowl and avo toast at Chai by Mira
Roasted red pepper dressing:
Roasted pieces of red peppers in the oven or sauté in a pan. Soak a handful of cashews in water preferably overnight but for at least an hour, then blend together with the roasted red pepper, a dash of water, salt, lemon or lime, a small garlic clove and some dried red chilli flakes,
Simply heat a teaspoon of cumin seeds, mustard seeds, coriander seeds (can use one or all!) in a few tablespoons of oil, wait until they start to pop or brown, then add a tablespoon of sesame seeds, wait until they become slightly brown (a minute or so) then cool down and sprinkle over everything!
I just spent 5 days in the Mulshi hills, a few hours drive from Mumbai, cleansing, having juices, lights soups, massages and more at a wellness resort called Atmantan, one of the recommendations at the back of my book.
I made a large batch of this salad for our family Diwali gathering last weekend and again at our friends Diwali event during the week, a fresh and simple addition to go with the rest of the Diwali spread – and it&r [...]