November 8, 2013

Spiced Cauliflower Rice

How to make Spiced Cauliflower Rice

                While I was looking to make something, other than the usual Biryani & I stumbled into this recipe  in a collection of  variety rices book, that I had hardly peeked into.So, this is what I'm sending to the 2nd week of  CCChallenge. Although I wasn't sure how this would turn out; I took a guess based on the ingredients & decided to go ahead, putting the whole family's lunch at stake!

          I turned to check on my 2 year old, just to make sure he is not eating anything toxic, but there he was like a beautiful angel, reading a picture book. He was pointing to the pictures & saying the name of the object & what we do with it. He said Sofa - Sit, Cereal - Eat, Milk - Drink & Bed - Jump!! According to him, the bed is for jumping, but you could sleep on it as well, if you like; which reminded me of the song "5 little monkeys jumping on the bed" & i hope this mama does not need to call the doctor.

           My gamble with the lunch, paid off big time and the result was a mildly spiced, aromatic & flavorful rice with lots of veggies to nurture your family. You can serve it with a Raitha, if you like. I made Beetroot Raitha to go with it (will post that recipe shortly).

Spiced Cauliflower Rice/Pulav


Basmati Rice - 2 cups (soak in water for 20 minutes)
2 big Onions, sliced 
Medium Tomatoes - 5 (washed)
Fresh or frozen Cauliflower - 3 cups (washed & cut into large florets)
Frozen or fresh peas - 1 cup (washed & drained)
Chilli powder - 1/2 to 1 Tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 Tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt - as needed
Oil - 4 Tbsp
Coriander leaves, chopped - 2 Tbsp
Lemon juice from 1 Lemon

Combine the dry ingredients below & set aside for coating the Cauliflower florets:

Corn Starch - 1 Tbsp
Pepper powder - 1 Tsp
Rice flour - 1 Tsp
A little Salt

Saute the below ingredients in a little oil & grind to a smooth paste:

Small Pearl Onions - 8 no:s (Peeled & washed)
Green Chillies - 4 no:s
1 to 2 inches long, Ginger chunks (Peeled, washed & sliced)

  • Heat a large pan with water & add the whole tomatoes, cover & boil for 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat, remove from water; discard any unwanted parts from the tomatoes & grind to a smooth puree & set aside.
  • Cook the soaked rice with the required amount of water. (3 cups of water should suffice for 2 cups of Basmati). Once cooked, cool the rice.
  • Cook the cauliflower in the microwave or on the stove top until it's thoroughly cooked & firm.
  • Drain any excess water from the Cauliflower & sprinkle the Corn Starch mixture into it & toss to coat the wet Cauliflower florets.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick Kadai, add the flour coated Cauliflower florets, roast until crispy & light brown in oil.
  • Remove the Cauliflower from oil & drain on absorbent paper.
  • In the same oil, add the sliced Onions & green peas; saute with a little salt. Once these are cooked, add the ground  masala, Tomato puree, Turmeric powder, Chilli powder, Salt, Garam masala powder & cook for a few minutes.
  • Check seasoning & add the cooled rice, stir & cook on low heat for a few minutes, until the rice is fluffy & coated with the puree.
  • Turn off the heat, add the Coriander leaves & the Lemon juice, stir & serve hot with a Raitha. Can be eaten by itself too.


You can save the drained water & use it in another dish or use it to cook rice, so you will not lose out on the nutrients from the Cauliflower & Tomatoes.

Srivalli's CCChallenge


  1. Lovely aromatic recipe! Love the one pot meal recipes as it is easy to put together on weeknights :)

  2. I adore cauliflower and I may just roast the cauliflower in the oven and try this recipe

  3. I am a big fan of one pot meals, this fits the bill perfectly... lovely recipe

  4. Wat a delicious,aromatic and inviting one pot meal.

  5. Thanks for taking the time & leaving your valuable comments, ladies!

  6. Sounds very yum.Must try it soon :)

  7. great option for one meal dishes, healthy rice....

  8. Whenever we try a new dish, we are always putting the entire meal at risk..heheh..but luckily I guess we can trust our capabilities for the dish to turn out well..good one Suja..and nice reading about your lil one..

  9. Wow.. its an interesting and delicious one pot meal... gobi rice is my all time favorite...

  10. Thank you ladies! Valli - I have 2 big time skeptics at home, who are ready to say "No" to anything unfamiliar :)

  11. Color of the rice is so tempting!

  12. ohhh so yumm I love this cauliflower rice a lot very flavor and its everyone's fav at home.

  13. Life savers - that is what these one pot meals are to me :)

  14. Your kiddo is soo cute.
    Cauliflower rice looks flavorful and delicious.

  15. Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments, ladies :)

  16. This is one yummy delicious one pot meal


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