Turmeric-Flavoured Cauliflower ‘Rice’

I’m not a huge fan of rice, so I’m always looking for alternatives to rice when I’m building my menus. This is how I came across ‘cauliflower rice’. Contrary to what the name suggests, it contains no rice whatsoever, instead the cauliflower is grated to a rice-like consistency.


I have twinkled with this recipe to include spices I love – turmeric, mainly, because it has so many health benefits. This is a great side to a menu that has a saucy dish, but it can also work great on its own as a healthy snack!



Approx. Preparation time: 10 minutes

Approx. Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2



  • A small handful curry leaves
  • One dry whole red chilli
  • Half of a medium size cauliflower
  • Half a teaspoon of finely chopped ginger
  • One and a half teaspoons of turmeric powder
  • A handful fresh coriander leaves
  • Half a teaspoon of coriander powder
  • One tablespoon sunflower oil
  • Optional – Juice of half a lime


  1. Grate the cauliflower (to rice-like consistency)
  2. cut the dry whole chilli in half (length-wise). If you’re not one for much of a spicy kick, remove and discard the chilli seeds.
  3. Peel and finely chop the ginger.
  4. Coarsely chop the coriander leaves and set aside.


  1. Heat the sunflower oil in a wok or a large pan on high heat.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the chilli halves and the curry leaves. Leave to infuse the oil for a minute or two, swirling the whole spices around the oil. Keep an eye on them so that they don’t burn!
  3. Add the chopped ginger and stir for a minute.
  4. Optional – At this stage, you can remove the chillies. This will prevent the dish from becoming too fiery. If you like it hot, then leave then in!
  5. Add the grated cauliflower and stir well.
  6. Add the ground turmeric and stir well. The entire cauliflower needs to be coated in turmeric, so add some more if you see that some of the cauliflower remains white.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the ground coriander.
  8. Add a couple of tablespoons of water and stir. This will help the cauliflower cook.
  9. The cauliflower will need about 10 minutes to cook on high heat. You will need to stir regularly to ensure the bottom doesn’t burn.
  10. When the cauliflower is cooked (it should be soft) add the chopped coriander and mix well. Remove from the heat and cover the pan. Leave to rest for 5 minutes.
  11. Optional – At the time of serving, you can squeeze some fresh lime over the plate to give it a fresh kick.


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