Sunday, November 3, 2013

Cauliflower Rice/ Cauliflower Sadam

Cauliflower rice/ Cauliflower sadam  is very simple to make and best suited for our lunch boxes. Cauliflower season has started now and our refrigerators will  definitely have a place for it. Nowadays, cauliflowers are available in big sizes. In that case, we have to think about two different menus with the same vegetable. If I happen to buy such a big cauliflower, I usually make some side dish or curry with a portion of cauliflower and most often, the rest will go for making Cauliflower rice. This rice can be made with leftover rice also. If you are left with a bowl of cooked rice and want to make it interesting, you can go for this rice recipe.

Now we will move on to cauliflower rice recipe.

  • Cooked rice -1 ½ cup
  • Cauliflower florets – 1cup
  • Onion (finely chopped) – 1 No. (Medium)
  • Garlic (crushed) – 2 pods (optional)
  • Tomato (finely chopped) – 2 Nos
  • Red chilli powder – 2tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Garam masala powder – ½ tsp
  • Cilantro/ coriander leaves (finely chopped) – 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

For seasoning:
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp

  1. As usual, clean the cauliflower and cut it into small florets. Soak these florets in hot water with salt and turmeric for about 5 minutes.
  2. Take out the florets and wash in regular water and allow the water from the florets to drain completely.
  3. Cook the rice as we do for making variety rice and allow it to cool.
  4. In a non-stick pan, pour oil and temper with the ingredients given under ‘For seasoning’.
  5. Add finely chopped onion and garlic and sauté till the onion becomes translucent.
  6. Add finely chopped tomatoes and sauté till tomatoes get mashed well.
  7. Add the masala powders and cook till the oil leaves out from the masala.
  8. Now, add cauliflower and mix everything well and sauté for 2 minutes. Then sprinkle a handful of water over cauliflower and cook it covered for 5 minutes. Open the lid now & then, and stir so that the masala doesn’t get burnt at the bottom.
  9. Finally add coriander leaves and give a stir.
  10. After the cauliflower becomes soft and  gets mixed with the masala,  add the cooked rice and gently mix the cauliflower masala. Keep it covered with a lid for a minute.

Your Cauliflower Rice is ready to serve with any raita, tomato sauce or potato chips! As I said earlier, this is an ideal dish for your children’s lunch box.
  • I have prepared this rice with regular Ponni rice, you can  use Basmati rice or even leftover rice!
  • You need to cook the cauliflower according to your taste, ie. Either crunchy or soft, cook it accordingly in step (8). My personal opinion is crunchy cauliflower will taste better than the soft one.

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