Indian cauliflower rice with turmeric, lime and pistachios is an easy and quick side dish that happens to be gluten-free and grain-free. It's a healthy addition to your veggie curries, buddha bowls and salads. Cauliflower rice (especially the recipe listed below) tastes delicious and is great for weekly meal prep. Make up a batch and add it to your meals for a veggie boost all week long. Cauliflower has anti-inflammatory properties, promotes healthy digestion, and provides a lot of vitamin C. It also belongs to the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables. This Indian cauliflower rice is easy, healthy, and delicious––you’re in for a treat…
Indian Cauliflower Rice [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
- head of cauliflower, washed
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or water, see notes
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 1/3 cup chopped pistachios
- 4 cardamom pods, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon chilli pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 lime juiced
- 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Wash the cauliflower thoroughly in cold water.
- Slice the cauliflower head in half and use a knife to remove all the florets. Cut some of the larger florets into smaller pieces so they'll fit within the chute of your food processor.
- Add the chopped pieces into a food processor equipped with either regular "S" blade or grater blade and process in bursts of a few seconds to grate.
- Depending on the size of your food processor, you may have to do this in 2-3 stages.
- Heat the coconut oil/ or water in a large skillet over medium heat, when hot, add mustard seeds, mix for 1-2 min.
- Add turmeric powder and mix again.
- Add pistachios, crushed cardamon pods and a pinch of salt, mix it all.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes, adding more water if needed.
- Add the cauliflower rice to the pan and sauté for another 5-7 minutes. Turn the stove off.
- Mix in lime juice and chopped cilantro leaves and chilli pepper flake.
- Season with salt and pepper, garnish with some chopped nuts or seeds and serve immediately.
1. Oil-free: Omit the mustard seeds and sauté the onion in broth and proceed. 2. If you don't have whole cardamom pods, add a pinch of ground cardamom instead. 3. If you don't have a food processor, chop the cauliflower into large pieces and grate it using a large grater.