Indian-spiced cauliflower rice

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The darling of the paleo, low-carb, vegan, gluten-free set, cauliflower "rice" is raw cauliflower whizzed in a food processor until reduced to a rubble, then gently pan-fried, steamed, blanched in stock or water, or eaten raw. And it's amazing! It tastes of cauliflower but it's so light and steamy, it's like eating couscous or rice. Devotees - and there are many - say it's heaven for those who can't or don't eat grains, rice or potatoes. I say it's heaven, regardless.

Light and steamy: Devotees of cauliflower rice say it's heaven for those who can't eat grains.
Light and steamy: Devotees of cauliflower rice say it's heaven for those who can't eat grains. Photo: Jessica Hromas

Ingredients

800g cauliflower

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp brown mustard seeds

1 mild green chilli, sliced

2 cinnamon sticks

1 tbsp favourite curry powder

1 tsp turmeric powder

125ml hot vegetable stock or water

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp sugar

2 green (spring) onions, chopped

2 tbsp flaked almonds or cashews, toasted

Method

1. Cut the thickest stems off the cauliflower and save them for soup. Chop or slice the cauliflower florets and pulse in a food processor until they look like rice or couscous. Don't overdo it or you will end up with mush.

2. Heat the oil in a fry pan, add the mustard seeds, green chilli and cinnamon sticks and cook for 30 seconds.

3. Add the cauliflower, tossing well to coat and let it pan-roast for one minute. Add the curry powder, turmeric, stock or water, sea salt and sugar and cook, tossing occasionally, for three minutes or until the water has evaporated and the cauliflower is tender.

4. Add spring onions, toss well, scatter with almonds or cashews and serve.

Tip: The blitzed cauliflower can get a bit whiffy if you store it before cooking.

Los Angeles chef Ben Ford - who just happens to be actor Harrison Ford's son - says he was working on a lamb dish with chef Govind Armstrong at his restaurant Chadwick in 1998, when he came up with the concept of ''ricing'' cauliflower.

 

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  • Main Ingredients - Cauliflower, Nuts
  • Cuisine - Modern Australian
  • Course - Side Dish, Lunchbox
  • Occasion - Midweek dinner

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  • thanks for this, I love cauliflower 'rice'. I use the grater attachment on my food processor to stop it from turning it to much. On the weekend I make a big pan of sort of fried 'rice' with lots of bits and pieces in it and use it as a base for my lunch for the week. With a bit of protein and some avocado it makes a great lunch hot or cold. Sometimes I eat it for breakfast too :-)

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    Simone
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    August 07, 2014, 11:34AM
    • Nothing new. Ive been using caulies as a replacement for rice, pasta and noodle for over three years. I eat a low GI diet but was missing something that could soak up the sauce or juices of my cooking. Cauli was perfect. You can bake it, or steam it, or boil it or microwave it in small pieces. Its suitable for italian indian and all asian dishes. Its also very filling so helps to keep the portions you eat smaller.

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      Petal
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      August 08, 2014, 8:31AM
  • Using olive oil for frying is a paleo no-no. Stick with coconut oil or ghee (my preference for cauli rice), much higher smoke point and the flavours are great.

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    mike
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    August 07, 2014, 12:48PM
    • Depends on your level of paleo snobbery, Mike. For most of us olive oil is just fine, given it's essentially pressed oil. And there's nothing wrong with the smoke point for frying either. Can't beat a BBQed steak coated in extra virgin olive oil.

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      CBR
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      August 07, 2014, 1:48PM
    • Agree Mike, ghee makes it delicious!

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      Simone
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      August 07, 2014, 2:04PM
    • Is ghee vegan? And I wonder just how many devotees there actually are.

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      Double Dee
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      August 07, 2014, 8:15PM
  • I can't wait to make this and post a photo on my facebook.

    #cleaneating

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    HighlyDubious
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    August 07, 2014, 2:09PM

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