In Japanese, ‘okonomi’ translates to as you like it, and donburi dishes usually consist of meat and veggies over rice. This recipe has no particular formula which makes it customizable. There was a time when I was binging on sweets because I didn’t have a taste for anything else, and my body hated me for that. In order to balance out my diet, I had to start incorporating more vegetables and protein. So one night, being too tired to look up and make a new recipe, I decided to wing my own creation. I made some rice, cut up some chicken, chopped up a bunch of different veggies, threw everything in a frypan, and VOILA. My own okonomi donburi bowl was born, and it offers a filling combination of textures between soft, freshly cooked rice and crunchy veggies.
*Portions are good for 2-3 meals
- Cooking oil – 1-2 tablespoons
- Chicken 300-400g (can be substituted for pork, fish, or tofu)
- Veggies of your choice
- Sauce of your choice
- 1 Avocado (optional)
- Rice (white, brown, or multigrain)
First step is to make rice, and while it’s cooking, you can get all of your prep work done. Wait until the rice is finished before cooking everything else.
For veggies, I mix and match between bell peppers, onion, eggplant, carrots, and zucchini over white rice. Usually, I use 1/2 of a carrot, 1/2 of a zucchini, 1/2 of an eggplant, 1/4 of an onion, and 1 bell pepper, but again, you can modify to your liking. If I’m using zucchini and eggplant, I will usually grill them separately. Cut up all of your veggies into easy bite-size pieces, and set aside momentarily.
Heat your oil in a frying pan for about 30-60 seconds then sauté all your veggies together except the avocado until tender. Add chicken or meat of choice until cooked about halfway through, add sauce, and stir thoroughly until meat is cooked all the way through. In a separate bowl, add enough cooked rice that it covers the bottom, pour veggie and meat mixture in, top with avocado, and mix it all together.
If you try this recipe, share your end results with me in the comments below, and enjoy!