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
- 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
- Grate the cauliflower (to rice-like consistency)
- 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.
- Peel and finely chop the ginger.
- Coarsely chop the coriander leaves and set aside.
- Heat the sunflower oil in a wok or a large pan on high heat.
- 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!
- Add the chopped ginger and stir for a minute.
- 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!
- Add the grated cauliflower and stir well.
- 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.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the ground coriander.
- Add a couple of tablespoons of water and stir. This will help the cauliflower cook.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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