I have just discovered a great website about “bentos”, the Japanese lunch boxes. Thought it would be a great idea to start using them for my lunches!
They look so much better than ugly plastic containers and are 100 times more practical than carrying several boxes, as everything you need should fit into the bento box compartments! Except for their shape, they remind me of the tiffin lunch boxes in India. and the amazing way the dabbawallas in Bombay are handling these boxes, I was really fascinated and I always thought that one day, I will bring back tiffin boxes from India and use them for lunches.
Back to bentos, I became so enthusiastic about the concept, that I sent an entry for the monthly contest of the website… whose theme was very inspiring for me: “vegetarian Bentos”
Here is my entry for the contest:
Rice with black sesame seeds, vegetable skewers (steamed mushroom, potato cooked in turmeric water, carrot, cherry tomato and broccoli), veggie burgers, cucumber salad, fruits
Here are the recipes (quantities are for 2 pers):
1 cup of oat flakes
1 cup of grated firm tofu
1 cup of grated raw vegetables (this time I used carrots, but it is yummy with broccoli, too)
1 tbs of curry powder and 1tbs of cumin powder
1tbs of cilantro or parsley, chopped
salt and pepper
Mix the oat with curry and cumin powder, salt and pepper. Add one cup of hot water and leave for 5 minutes.
Then mix all the other ingredients together and shape into small burgers shapes.
Put a little bit of oil in a pan and fry them for about 5 minutes on each side.
I normally serve them with a tahine-yogurt dip-sauce or a peanut butter-yogurt dip-sauce
Peel 1 cucumber, discard the seeds in the middle and cut into small squares. Mix with 1/2 cup of coconut powder, 1 tbs (or more) chopped cilantro, salt, pepper and unsalted grilled cashew nuts. I sometimes put one small green chilli, thinly chopped. Mix well. Some olive oil can be added, but I normally prefer without oil. I decorated the salad with dry (eatable) flowers: it is always nice to have some colours on the dishes 🙂