Swami Bowl Copycat Recipe

Swami Bowl copycat recipe

For those of you who may or may not know, one of my favorite vegetarian/vegan restaurants is Life Alive in Cambridge. I absolutely love their Swami bowl. It’s my favorite thing on their menu. I wanted to find a way to duplicate it myself so that I could make it at home. After some trial and error, I was able to put together a recipe that I think comes pretty close to the original. I hope you enjoy it with all its curry deliciousness!

Swami Bowl copycat recipe


  • Brown rice
  • Almonds (slivered or chopped)
  • Raisins
  • Kale
  • Shredded carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Pearl onions (frozen)
  • Nutritional yeast flakes

Curry Miso Sauce:

  • 1 tsp white miso paste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp honey (optional)


  1. Follow directions to cook brown rice on the stovetop. You can make however many servings you like and save the leftover rice for later.
  2. To prepare the curry miso sauce, mince the garlic and ginger. Add all ingredients to a blender and mix for approximately 30 sec. Set the sauce aside.
  3. Chop 2 leaves of kale. Set aside.
  4. If you bought fresh broccoli, chop it into florets. Set aside.
  5. Add 1 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to a pan.
  6. Over medium heat, sauté the onions for a minute or two. Then add the carrots and broccoli. Cover and cook till broccoli turns bright green, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add a little bit of water to the pan and then add the kale and steam until kale turns bright green. Remove from heat.
  8. When your brown rice is done, spoon a serving of rice into a bowl. Pour the curry miso sauce over the rice. Add a handful of raisins. Next, cover the rice with your sautéed vegetables. Top with a handful of almonds and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast flakes.

Happy cooking! Post pics and #sugaredchic if you make it!

Note: You can purchase nutritional yeast at your local healthy food store. I bought mine in bulk at Harvest Co-op, but you can also find it at Whole Foods.

I bought my miso paste at H-mart, but I’m sure you can find it at any Asian supermarket. You can check the international food aisle in your grocery store too.

Swami Bowl copycat recipe

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks for sharing, Lisa. I’m with you on this one. We too, have made our Swami versions. It’s amazing how versatile this dish is. We have doctored it up with all kinds of stuff.

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