This. rice. is. great. Okay, let me clarify something right away, though. This will not taste like rice as we/you know it. What makes this rice, well, rice is how we are preparing it, the texture and style it takes on, and how we decide to treat (eat) it as a food. There, now let’s move on.
So, as I was saying. . . this is great rice. Part of why it is so great/lovely/delicious is that it’s cauliflower. AND IT’S RICE. I have always sort of appreciated cauliflower for it’s white broccoli-ness (I really did have a friend that, upon seeing cauliflower for the first time, exclaimed, “I didn’t know they made white broccoli!”) but haven’t done much with it other than munching on it raw in salads or sautéed and/or roasting it for the occasional (read: every night and for leftovers, too) curry dish.
Needless to say, when I heard you can do other things with cauliflower that involve disguising them as non-cauliflower, I was pretty excited to jump on board. When I heard you can rice-ify cauliflower. . . well, it was a good day. THEN, when I learned how easy it is to make, I decided to share my recipe and experience with you lovely folks.
1 head cauliflower
1 small bunch cilantro, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 onion, diced
1 tbsp coconut oil, for sauteeing
Salt & pepper, to taste
1.) After washing and draining cauliflower, tear into small florets and put in *food processor (half at a time for easy processing) & pulse until it looks rice-like, like this:
*Note: if you don’t have a food processor, don’t give up! You can still make cauli rice by grating larger florets (so easier to hold/manage) of cauliflower until they look like this:
2.) Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon (-ish; you can add more or less as you like) of coconut oil on low in sauté pan/skillet.
3.) Once pan is heated, first add garlic & onion to sauté for a few minutes, then add cauliflower rice from food processor & remaining ingredients (cilantro, salt & pepper) and sauté for another 5 minutes or so until rice begins to turn a slight golden brown color.
I happen to think the more the cilantro, the better for this recipe. So 1 small bunch really means as much as I can handle.
And you’re done!
Feel free to eat alone or top with your favorite curry dish. Double, triple, quadruple the recipe to your heart’s content.
How do you enjoy cauliflower?
Did you try this recipe? What did you think?
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