Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowl

The ‘Buddha Bowl’ is a contemporary trend of colorful vegetarian one-bowl meals. Crisp quinoa balls with nigella seeds are the stars of our vegetable bowl finished with an orange ginger dressing. 

Nigella and Quinoa for Your Health

Healthy nigella in protein-rich quinoa balls fit just right. If you are new to quinoa or short in time, you can simply add quinoa to your bowl and sprinkle the spice blend on top. For your convenience, find the recipe for a version with meatballs at the end of this page.

Your Selection of Vegetables

What kind of vegetables are best for your Buddha Bowl? It really depends on which vegetables you have available and what you prefer. Get inspired by the following recommendations:

Classic: Lettuce leaves, sliced red radish, sliced cucumber, tomato slices, and bell pepper strips.

Healthy XXL: kale chopped, baby spinach, radicchio sliced, endives sliced, and edamame.

Latino vibe: black beans, fresh corn, cilantro, tomato cubes, cucumber cubes, grilled sweet potato cubes.

The Buddha Bowl Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Coarse brown mustard, nigella seeds

nigella seeds
Nigella
Print Recipe
Buddha Bowl
Cuisine Asian
Keyword nigella
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup panko or any fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 cup chives finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup orange jam
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Your selection of vegetables for the salad
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Coarse brown mustard, nigella seeds
Cuisine Asian
Keyword nigella
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup panko or any fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 cup chives finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup orange jam
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Your selection of vegetables for the salad
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Coarse brown mustard, nigella seeds
Instructions
Cook
  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
Salad dressing
  1. In a small POT, heat orange jam with 1/2 cup of water, half of the ginger, and salt to taste.
  2. Cook over slow heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in 1/2-1 tsp lemon juice. Set aside to cool.
Prepare balls
  1. In a BOWL, combine onions, garlic, half of the ginger, chives, and Buddha Spices.
  2. Add quinoa, salt & pepper to taste. Mix well.
  3. Add 2 or more tbsp panko as needed to absorb most of the liquid.
  4. Form little balls in the size of 1-inch diameter.
  5. On a PLATE, roll the balls in the remaining panko until they are coated on all sides.
Fry
  1. In a PAN, heat 4 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  2. Fry quinoa balls on all sides until they turn brown and crisp.
Serve
  1. Distribute salad in bowls.
  2. Add quinoa balls and pour the dressing on top.
  3. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Variations

  • Make meatballs from poultry, pork, or veal instead of quinoa balls.
  • For the coating, add 2 tbsp or more sesame seeds to the panko.
  • Substitute chives with parsley or cilantro.
Print Recipe
Buddha Bowl with Meatballs
Cuisine Asian
Keyword nigella
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/8 cup chives finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup panko or any fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup orange jam
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated or chopped
  • 1 inch ginger grated or chopped
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Your selection of vegetables for the salad
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Coarse brown mustard, nigella seeds
Cuisine Asian
Keyword nigella
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/8 cup chives finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup panko or any fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup orange jam
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated or chopped
  • 1 inch ginger grated or chopped
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Your selection of vegetables for the salad
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Coarse brown mustard, nigella seeds
Instructions
Salad dressing
  1. In a small POT, heat orange jam with 1/2 cup of water, half of the ginger, and salt to taste.
  2. Cook over slow heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in 1/2-1 tsp lemon juice. Set aside to cool.
Prepare
  1. In a BOWL, combine egg yolk, onions, garlic, chives, tbsp panko, and Buddha Spices.
  2. Add ground meat, salt & pepper to taste. Knead well.
  3. Add more panko as needed to absorb most of the liquid.
  4. Form little balls in the size of 0.5-inch diameter.
  5. On a PLATE, roll the balls in the remaining panko until they are coated on all sides.
Fry
  1. In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  2. Add balls and fry them on all sides until they turn brown and are cooked through.
Serve
  1. Distribute salad in bowls.
  2. Add meatballs and pour the dressing on top.
  3. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Variations

  • Use a different ground meat: chicken, pork, or veal.
  • For the coating, substitute 2 tbsp white sesame seeds for the panko.
  • Substitute chives with parsley or cilantro.