Cauliflower Pilau Rice
This low carb, cauliflower pilau rice is flavorful, easy to make and the perfect side dish for curry!
Friday Night Takeaway…
I have been on a bit of a curry binge lately and each curry has been accompanied with a different cauliflower rice dish. Now, this one takes me back to my childhood. When I was younger, we used to have a takeaway every Friday night. Even though the cuisine changed every week, the one thing that didn’t change on “Curry Night” was that we always ordered a classic side of Pilau Rice.
Pilau Rice goes perfectly with any curry. It’s simple, versatile and flavorful. Before posting this recipe, I spent quite a few hours researching if there was a difference between Pilau or Pilaf rice, and found out there’s no difference (apart from the spelling), since they both absorb their wonderful flavors by being cooked in broth and spices.
- Butter & Chicken Stock – This is a recipe that can easily be adapted to a vegan lifestyle. If you are vegan, simply substitute butter for coconut oil/avocado oil, and the chicken stock for vegetable stock.
- Garlic – Yes, it’s always best to use fresh garlic, but if don’t have any on hand, you can use garlic powder instead.
- Cauliflower Rice – I make cauliflower rice as a side dish, at least once a week. Some of my go-to recipes include this 3-Ingredient Garlic Cauliflower Rice and Mexican Cauliflower Rice, and I have to admit to you guys that I hardly ever make my own cauliflower rice. I usually buy it already riced because…well, I’m lazy. However, on occasion, when I make my own, I cut up the head of cauliflower into florets, and pulse them several times in the food processor, until it resembles rice.
- Turmeric – This is what gives the rice that bright, yellow, vibrant color (which I adore), and this spice also has so many health benefits.
- Cumin – This is a classic spice that I rely on for so many recipes.
- Garam Masala – Beware, it’s hot. It’s wonderful in small amounts, as a little goes a long way. If spice is not your thing, then this can be substituted for 1/2 tsp curry powder.
- Cinnamon – This adds just that little extra warming flavor (again, just a little).
- Cilantro – This is totally optional as some people cannot stand this herb and think it tastes “soapy” However, if you (like me) love it, then adding a handful of chopped cilantro on top of this dish before serving, adds extra flavor and color.
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Cauliflower Pilau Rice
- 1 tbsp butter (or coconut oil, if vegan)
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 4 cups cauliflower rice
- 1/4 cup chicken stock (or vegetable stock, if vegan)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 3-4 tbsp chopped cilantro to garnish
- In a large skillet, heat the butter (or coconut oil) over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for 1-2 minutes, until onions have softened slightly. Add the cauliflower rice Stir in the turmeric, cumin, garam masala and salt, until all the rice is evenly coated in all the spices.
- Add the chicken stock (or vegetable stock if vegan) and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until the liquid has evaporated.
- Remove from the heat and fluff the cauliflower rice with a fork.
- Top with chopped cilantro.
- Serve & Enjoy!
Net Carbs: 2.4g
Please note, I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional information for this recipe is provided for informational purposes only. I aim to provide the most accurate information possible, but I advise you calculate the nutritional information yourself using your favorite nutrition calculator.