Donburi: The All-In-One Japanese Meal

The Japanese bowl is gaining popularity

 
Donburi: The All-In-One Japanese Meal
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Steaks have long been considered a wholesome meal. Meat, veggies and sometimes some mashed potatoes make steak a great and wholesome dish. But what if I was to tell you that there was another dish in town, which came with lesser carbs and more veggies, and more proteins?

Yes, you heard it right! I’m talking about the Japanese dish Donburi!

Who doesn’t like a rice bowl?
Who doesn’t like a rice bowl?

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Donburi literally translates to ‘rice bowl’. It is essentially a combination of fish,meat, vegetables or any other ingredients of your choice simmered together and served over rice. These meals can be sweetened or even savoury, depends on the taste of the person eating it.

The simmering sauce, again depends on what you prefer and varies even in Japan depending upon the season, region and taste. But it typically has the dashi broth flavoured with soy sauce and mirin. Dashi is essentially a fish and seaweed stock and a popular ingredient in Japan. It But you can make vegetarian, or local version using shitake mushrooms and konbu.

Donburi for dinner maybe?
Donburi for dinner maybe?

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The ingredients in the donburi can be any really, ranging from the most expensive meats to even the leftovers from meals. You can make a vegetarian donburi with tofu and mushroom, or if you are fond of sashimi, you can just boil the veggies and eat it with raw fish. It totally depends on you. You can even replace the rice with noodles or quinoa or any other alternative which you like. If you don’t want to use mirin, which is an alcoholic condiment used in Japanese cooking, you can use the usual white vinegar. The Indian palate may find this dish bland, so you can add some chilli sauce or even some garlic, shallots and chillies to the broth.

The crunchy tempura with veggies and rice!
The crunchy tempura with veggies and rice!

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Donburi in Japan is of many types. It includes Gyudon (beef bowl), Tendon (tempura with rice), Unadon (teriyaki-like eel bowl) and also Tamagodon (scrambled egg with sweet sweet sauce).

Donburi can be healthy if the vegetables are boiled. If you try a donburi like the Tendon, which has the fried tempura, it wont be that healthy. Also the rice can be replaced with brown rice, wheat noodles, quinoa or any other healthy grain to make the Donburi a healthy meal. It is a pretty easy to cook dish and can be made at home.

When are you inventing your own Donburi?