Buddha bowl

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A Buddha bowl. The contents of a Buddha bowl are variable.
Buddha bowl (close up)

A Buddha bowl is a vegetarian meal, served on a single bowl or high-rimmed plate, which consists of small portions of several foods, served cold.[1][2] These may include whole grains such as quinoa or brown rice, plant proteins such as chickpeas or tofu, and vegetables.[3][4] The portions are not mixed on the plate or in the bowl, but arranged in an "artful" way. The concept appeared in 2013 and has grown popular since early 2017.[5] Buddha bowls have been compared to Nourish Bowls (a non-vegetarian version) and to Poké Bowls (a Hawaiian raw fish dish).[6][1]

There are several explanations for why the name refers to Buddha. It may originate from presenting a balanced meal, where balance is a key Buddhist concept,[3] from the story of Buddha carrying his food bowl to fill it with whatever bits of vegetarian food villagers would offer him,[7] to the explanation of the overstuffed bowl resembling the belly of Budai, a 10th-century Chinese monk often confused with Buddha.[8]

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  2. ^ Readers, Guardian (2018-11-08). "Best vegan restaurants in the UK". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b Tepper Paley, Rachel. "Why Do We Keep Calling Things Buddha Bowls?". Bon Appetit. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Glory or hippie bowls". Eat This. eatthis.com. 2015-06-19. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Google trends". Google trends. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  6. ^ "2017 the year of the bowls: poké, nourish and buddha bowls". 2017-12-11. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  7. ^ "What is a Buddha Bowl". The Kitchen. thekitch.com. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Everything you need to know about Buddha bowls". Delish. Delish. 2017-01-05. Retrieved 21 November 2018.