RECIPE: Buddha bowl (Vegan)

Buddha bowl is an easy way of getting a balanced meal so if you’re into to clean eating then this UNIFIED recipe is the one for you. It’s cheap, pretty and vegan – and very Instagram worthy. 

What is a buddha bowl?

Buddha bowls are made up of grains (rice or quinoa), vegetables (I prefer root vegetables), some healthy fat (peanut dressing, avocado),  protein (chickpeas, spinach) and salad extras like cucumber, tomatoes, greens etc.

To make it even more nutritionally rich, you can sprinkle superfoods like hemp seeds, chia seeds or nutritional yeast.

The recipe below is vegan, but if you’re a meat lover then feel free to add grilled chicken or salmon to your bowl.


Brown rice

Garlic powder


Maple syrup



Garlic powder


For the curried beans:

Butter beans



Minced garlic

Canned chopped tomatoes

Mild curry powder

Chilli flakes (optional)

Parsley (optional)


Try sprinkling any nuts to your Buddha bowl to add crunch, flavour and a dash of healthy fat.



Curried beans

  1. On medium heat, put some olive oil in a pan and cook the minced garlic until fragrant
  2. Dice half a carrot into cubes, add to the pan and cook until slightly soft
  3. Add the butter beans and chickpeas – saute for 2-3 minutes
  4. Pour in the can of chopped tomatoes and mix thoroughly
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of curry powder but you can alter this according to your preference. Mix until dissolved
  6. Allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes
  7. Done! You can add chilli flakes if you like a bit of heat. Chopped parsley goes well to garnish, too.
  8. Set aside


  1. Put a pan on medium heat, add rice and water (according to packet instructions)
  2. Add salt, pepper and garlic into the pan with rice and water
  3. Cook until rice is fluffy and soft
  4. Set aside

Sweet kale

  1. Lay non-stick baking paper into a microwavable plate
  2. Place as much kale as you can on top of the baking paper
  3. Drizzle maple syrup on top and mix until most of the kale is covered by the syrup
  4. Sprinkle some water to retain moisture
  5. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, depending on the wattage of your microwave
  6. Set aside to cool down

Assembling the bowl:

  1. Add a heap load of brown rice to the side of your bowl, then sprinkle some chia seeds on top
  2. Lay the curried beans beside it. You should have a lot of the rice and curried beans as these 2 are the main components of your Buddha bowl
  3. Arrange the sweet kale along the side of your bowl
  4. Chop some cucumber and avocado. Scatter around the bowl, whatever looks pretty
  5. Take a photo for Instagram then enjoy!

It should look a little something like this – or even better.

Tip: To save money and time, make all the ingredients in big batches, store them in your fridge so all you have to do is arrange your Buddha bowl whenever you want.
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Claisse Opulencia

Claisse is a second-year journalism student and a solo-travel enthusiast. She’s Unified’s Features Editor and curator for #UnifiedFem. She mostly writes about lifestyle, travel and discussing the topics of feminism.

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