Thursday, January 10, 2013

Indian Cauliflower "Rice"

Indian Curry + Indian-style cauliflower "rice"

I used to LOVE Indian food.  In college and for awhile afterwards, I ate Indian food at least three times a week!  I even went to India to pig out.  When I started the whole Primal/Paleo thing, one of the first recipes I tried to make was Paleo butter chicken.  It didn't quite taste like the real deal... especially when served with a side of veggies instead of naan and Indian rice.

Colin shared this recipe with me.  Though different, it's a great substitute for rice, and it tastes amazing with Indian-spiced curries.  Not to mention a much healthier option... and totally Paleo!      
After my trip to India, I was so sick of Indian food.  Then, a few months ago, I was introduced to a Paleo-friendly Indian curry + "rice."  I was HOOKED on it for weeks!  Indian chicken curry recipe to come next.

Serve this with Indian chicken curry all over it.


  • 1 Head of Cauliflower, coarsely chopped into small, bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 Sweet Onion, finely diced
  • 1 Jalapeno, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 heaping Tbsp Black Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 heaping tsp Turmeric 
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Sea Salt (to taste)

2. Ingredients.

  1. Gather all ingredients.  Coarsely chop the cauliflower into small, bite-sized pieces.  Finely chop the jalapeno and 1/4 sweet onion.  Make sure you have all the ingredients ready to go before you cook this!  Initial few steps are quick.
  2. Melt the 2 Tbsp of Ghee in the large pan over high heat.  Add the heaping 1/2 Tbsp Black Mustard Seeds and the 1/2 Tbsp Cumin Seeds (i.e. a touch more black mustard seeds than cumin seeds).  Saute until you hear the seeds popping. 
    3. Popping seeds.
  3. Once it is smoking, add the finely diced jalapeno and 1/4 sweet onion.
    4. + diced onions and jalapenos.
  4. Add the cauliflower.  Cook for a minute.
  5. Bring the heat down to medium-high and add the 1 heaping tsp of Turmeric.  Be careful not to get it on your shirt!  Mix.
    5. + Tumeric.
  6. When the turmeric reaches an even color over the cauliflower, add 1/4 cup of water.
    6. even coating.
  7. Let the water cook off a little bit, then add the 1/8 tsp of Ground Ginger.  Mix.  Salt to taste.  Turn the heat down and cook for another 10 minutes or so, or until desired done-ness.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

7. cauliflowerrrr

I think this is the one of the best Paleo substitute for Indian curry sides.  Look out for the Indian Chicken Curry recipe in a week or so.  Super delicious!!

Related Recipes: Indian Chicken Curry 
Other Cauliflower Recipes: Paleo "Couscous" | Cauliflower Fried "Rice"