Cauliflower Pilau Rice

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.

Simple Ingredients…

  • 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.

More Recipes You Might Like…

Loaded Cauliflower Rice Risotto

Cauliflower Rice Carbonara

Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh

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Cauliflower Pilau Rice

This low carb, cauliflower pilau rice is flavorful, easy to make and the perfect side dish for curry!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: cauliflower, cauliflower rice, keto, low carb, pilau, rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 46kcal
Author: Anna – everydayketorecipes


  • 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!


Store in an air-tight container, in the refrigerator, for 3-4 days. 

Nutrition Facts:
Servings:  4
Calories:  46
Fat:  3.1g
Carbohydrate:  4.2g
Fiber:  1.8g
Net Carbs: 2.4g 
Protein:  1.5g

Nutritional Disclaimer
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. 

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