Cauliflower ‘rice’ has been favoured by those on a grain-free, gluten-free, low-carb diet, and the Paleo community. Ever since I heard about it, I’ve been waiting to try this ‘rice’; after much research I realised it was easy peasy and incredibly tasty.
When grated/put through the chopper, the cauliflower florets resemble rice/cous cous. Those on the above-mentioned diet prefer this over actual rice. This dish is low in calories, carbs and is rich in fibre, vitamins and other micro-nutrients. It is quite versatile, and can be prepared in so many different ways. Here’s my version.
Cauliflower – ½ head
Corn kernels – ½ cup
Green peas – ½ cup
Onion (large) – 1, finely chopped
Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
Coconut oil (use any oil) – 1 ½ tspn.
Turmeric powder – 1 pinch
Chilli powder – ¼ tspn.
Curry powder – 1 tspn.
Spring onions/ scallions – 1 sprig, chopped
Water – To cook
Salt – To taste
Grate the cauliflower or put the florets through the chopper till they are grainy.
If you are using stove-top method, put the grains of cauliflower in a pot with water. Cover and cook it in high flame for 5-6 minutes. Once done, drain the water from the cauliflower. Keep aside.
If you are using a microwave oven, place the cauliflower ‘rice’ in a microwave-safe container, and allow it to cook without water for about 4 minutes. Once done, drain excess water and keep aside.
Heat oil in a skillet; add the minced garlic and onion.
Sweat the onion out, and cook till raw smell from both the veggies are gone.
Toss in the dry spices and salt. Mix well.
Add the corn kernels and green peas. Sauté for about 2 minutes.
Finally, add the riced cauliflower and mix to combine the ingredients.
Cook for about 5 minutes on low-medium flame.
Once done, turn off the flame and fluff it up with a fork.
- I have used frozen corn and peas, use the fresh ones if you like.
- Add/omit vegetables based on your preference.
- Add/omit seasoning and spices based on your preference.
- Avoid adding water while cooking cauliflower rice in microwave. If you must, then sprinkle a little water.