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.
- Serve warm.
- 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.