Cauliflower Matar Pulao

cow crumbs, gluten free, dairy free, paleo, cauliflower rice, matar pulao, indian food, healthy side, indian rice, rice and peasI’ve never really been a fan of white rice… To me it was a filler taking up space making it hard to eat that second helping of dessert. Sushi, yes that makes sense but even then I always preferred to find the places that would give me the option of brown over white rice.

But when it comes to Indian food there is no substitution to the classic indian white rice with peas. What is it about Indian food that turns you into a fat kid??? I swear there is something about those flavours that just can’t be beat.

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But then (yes I’m going to bring them up again) all my stupid allergies got in the way of me enjoying my regular chicken tikka party at some of my fave restaurants. Sorry people, you’ve tuned into a GF & DF blog, so if you’re looking for gossip updates on Justin Bieber then you’ve come to the wrong place…

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But bigger then that pair of socks that Bieber jammed down his Calvin’s is the put cauliflower into everything trend that has hit the food scene like a Kardashian sex tape. Everyone is talking about it, making pizza crust with it, buffalo “chicken” wings, I’m sure there are even people out there throwing it in there morning smoothies.

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But you know what cauliflower is good for??? Kicking it up “matar pulao” style.

That’s Indian for delicious…

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Ingredients
Serves 1

3-4 large florets of cauliflower grated
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 cup frozen peas
4-5 slices of white onion
1 clove of garlic
handful of fresh cilantro chopped
salt and pepper to taste

This recipe could be just as easily thrown together for more than just yourself, like if you were planning an indian partay for 4 just grate the entire head of cauliflower and increase the amounts on the rest of the ingredients and just like that bob’s your uncle.

First up grate your cauliflower, slice your onion, chop your garlic and get your coconut oil melting in your pan. You want your pan set to medium heat so the cauliflower gets a nice colour on it and doesn’t become all mushy.

Once your pan is hot toss in your onion and garlic and get that cooking. You’ll want to sweat down your onion just a bit before you toss your cauliflower into the mix. Now you can throw in your cauliflower and let it start cooking for a few minutes before adding in all your spices.

Total time for the cauliflower to cook is only about 10 – 12 minutes so if you’re planning a protein along this tasty side like chicken just be sure not to start it too early.

Once your cauliflower has been cooking for a few minutes add in your cumin, tumeric and ginger and continue to cook on medium heat. The colour of these spices will turn your cauliflower an awesome burnt yellow colour and once you chuck in the peas (toss these in at about the half way mark) not only is the dish tasty to eat but beautiful to look at.

Once everything is looking just about done season with a little salt and pepper and sprinkle with a handful of freshly chopped cilantro, you could also add in some hot sauce if you like a little spice in your life.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. I am a huge fan of cauliflower rice. I have done a similar Indian version and you are right – so delish. Definitely not going back to regular rice now! Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Cow Crumbs says:

      Hey Laura, Thanks for the comment and I am going to check out your blog 🙂

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