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Indian Style Cauliflower Rice In A Brown Bowl
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Indian Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

Cauliflower Rice Pilaf is a golden Indian style vegan, gluten-free, keto and a paleo friendly dish.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2
Author: Hina Gujral


  • 1 medium-size whole cauliflower
  • 1 large-size onion sliced
  • ¼ Cup green peas
  • 2 tablespoon sliced cashew nuts
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • Juice of half a lemon


  • Remove the green stem of the cauliflower.
  • Soak it in salted lukewarm water for 5 minutes. Pat dry.
  • Cut the florets of the cauliflower. Remove the thick white stems from each floret.
  • Add half of the florets in a food processor or blender. Blitz for 30 seconds or till the cauliflower resembles fine rice or couscous. Repeat the process with the remaining florets.
  • Transfer the cauliflower rice to a clean towel. Squeeze tightly to remove any excess moisture.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add bay leaf and the sliced onion. Fry the onion till they turn golden.
  • Next, add the cashew nuts and fry for a second.
  • Now add the green peas and fry till they are cooked.
  • Season with salt and spices. Mix nicely.
  • Add the cauliflower rice and stir to combine nicely.
  • Cover and cook the rice for 5 - 10 minutes over low heat. Turn off the heat.
  • Garnish Indian cauliflower rice with fresh coriander and drizzle lemon juice.
  • Serve Indian Cauliflower Rice Pilaf with spring onion raita ( see recipe ).


If you don’t own a food processor, you can grate the raw cauliflower on the coarse side of the grater.