Kitchen Tips

How to make Bento

Bento is a single serving, one pot Japanese meal that has a section for rice, meat, fish and pickled vegetables. Bento can be traced back to the fifth century, when Japanese carried food with them to eat on the go.

The term ‘Bento’ is derived from the Southern Song Dynasty slang pinyin: biandang  meaning “convenient” or “convenience and hence, Bento meals are a popular pack-and-move option for most people in Japan.

How to make Bento

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Bento is served in box shaped containers that originates from the Kamkura period. The bento box was widely used then for serving food at festivals and parties. It was later used for packing meals for traveling in Japan.

A quintessential Bento meal consists of carbs, proteins, veggies and fruits which is divided in a perfect proportion for a complete balanced meal.

Bento boxes are not only colourful but packed with nutrition. Bento is a favourite among kids and adults alike.

Bento can be very elaborately arranged in a style called kyaraben or “character bento”. Kyaraben is typically decorated to look like popular Japanese cartoon (anime) characters, characters from comic books (manga), or video game characters. Another popular bento style is “oekakiben” or “picture bento”, which is decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants.

How to make Bento lunch box

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How to make Bento  Box in three simple steps?
1. First fill in the carbs- a portion of rice/ potatoes etc.
2. Then comes the proteins- lentils, meat, beans, tofu and eggs( add any two).
3. Finally the vegetables and fruits- make it more colourful with veggies and fruits of your choice.

 There are an array of Bento types to choose from. Make a meal planner to organise your Bento menu for lunch and dinner, it saves time and energy. Have a box Appetite! Yes Box Appetite! How to make bento box shouldn’t be an issue here after.

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