Monday, February 03, 2014

Cauliflower rice

Praetud riivitud lillkapsas ehk lillkapsariis / Cauliflower rice
Originally posted in January 2013. Still immensely popular at our house!

Have you eaten "cauliflower rice" before? Have you prepared it yourself? What's your favourite cauliflower "rice" recipe?

Kalyn wrote back in 2010 that she realised she's late to the cauliflower rice party. Imagine being then three more years late to the "cauli rice" party!!! I had seen the blog posts here and there, but didn't get around to trying this way of cooking cauliflower until now. We all liked it, and our 2-year old son really-really liked it, so we'll be definitely making this again.

I love cauliflower a lot (see the list of other cauliflower dishes here at Nami-Nami at the end of this post), but I admit this way of preparing cauliflower changes the flavour quite a lot. If I hadn't cooked it myself and someone had offered me a spoonful, I wouldn't have suggested cauliflower at first - texture-wise, it reminded me more of egg fried rice and not grated and fried cauliflower. Perhaps this is the way of introducing cauliflower to those people (men? kids?) who tend to be suspicious of cruciferous vegetables? Perhaps?

Here's my version of cauliflower rice. It's low in carbohydrates, high in fibre, suits vegan, gluten-free and Paleo diets - so a rather universal dish. Cheap as well!

  Praetud riivitud lillkapsas ehk lillkapsariis / Cauliflower rice

Cauliflower rice
Serves 4 as a side dish, can be easily halved or doubled

Praetud riivitud lillkapsas ehk lillkapsariis / Cauliflower rice

1 large head of cauliflower (about 700 grams)
1 tsp chilli flakes
2 large garlic clove, finely chopped
3-4 Tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
a large handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped

Rinse the cauliflower, drain. Shred finely, using the coarse side of your grater.
Heat the oil on a large frying pan over moderate heat.
Add the grated cauliflower, garlic and chilli flakes and fry the cauliflower for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Season generously, scatter the parsley on top and serve.

More cauliflower recipes @ Nami-Nami:
Cauliflower cheese with mustard
Cauliflower with creamy pepper and pesto sauce
Roasted cauliflower (over-baked cauliflower)
Roasted cauliflower with bacon and garlic
Spicy cauliflower with tomatoes and Cauliflower with egg and sage butter
Cauliflower with browned butter and breadcrumbs
Cauliflower with peas and cumin
Cauliflower mince and cheese with dill

Some other "cauliflower rice" recipes:
Cauliflower rice with celery and onion @ Elena's Pantry
Cauliflower Spanish rice @ A Veggie Venture
Cauliflower rice with fried onions and sumac @ Kalyn's Kitchen
Cilantro-lime cauliflower rice @ Big Red Kitchen
Paleo Dirty Rice @ Elena's Pantry
Cauliflower chicken fried "rice" @ Stephen Cooks


Kalyn Denny said...

Your version is lovely!

Pille said...

Thank you, Kalyn :)

Alanna Kellogg said...

I've never done "plain" cauliflower rice before but yours sure looks tempting!

Jaanika ja Signe said...

Never heard about it before, but since I'm a huge fan of cauliflower, I will surely try it soon. Looks delicious:)

Mihai said...

Not a fan of cauliflower but you really made me want to try it! Looks delicious!

Bread and Companatico said...

heard of it just in the "raw" version which sounded slightly inedible to my Italian ears. yours matches my tastes so much more and makes me feel like trying it soon. by the way... are you on a diet? (I should definitely be) your food looks so healthy lately! besos

Pille said...

Alanna - plain cauliflower "rice" is good indeed. I'm planning to try your Spanish "rice" soon!

Jaanika - proovi kindlasti, hästi põnev ja lihtne ja tore viis lillkapsa serveerimiseks.

Mihai - good :)

Barbara - I do love nibbling on raw (young) cauliflower florets, but I don't think that raw "rice" would be my cup of tea. Re: the diet - yes and now. After giving birth to 3 babies within less than 4 years, I'm definitely a lot heavier than I'd like to :)

Joe C. Pittman said...

Exclusive Cauliflower recipe! I have never had it before. I just wanna tell my mom to try this. Thank You for sharing with us.

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tanita✿davis said...

I've still never managed to make this - our family is stuck on cauliflower mash - however, as the weather is tending toward suitably gloomy today, a nice bowl of hot rice, fancied up with a bit of truffle oil, white pepper, and garlic - sounds so tasty.

Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) said...

I'm another heathen that hasn't made or even tried cauliflower rice. It sounds like a tasty and simple side, about time I tried it!

ChichaJo said...

This is still the rage here among people avoiding carbs! I'm not (avoiding carbs) but I love cauliflower so I enjoy this for what it is...another way to enjoy cauliflower! :)