Turmeric-Spiced Cauliflower Rice

Turmeric-spiced cauliflower rice in bowl

Paleo diet, anyone?

Baloo and I tried that last year for a couple of weeks. There’s no way I’d make it as a Paleo lifer. Too limited.  But short-term, it’s super helpful to understand the foods you’re addicted to, like sugar.

During our two-week Paleo attempt, I picked up a few new recipes that call for veggies as carbohydrate alternatives, which is when I learned just how versatile cauliflower is. 

I recently instagramed a spin-off dish of Ree Drummond’s chicken tikka masala, but I used riced cauliflower instead of basmati rice. Several of my followers asked for the recipe.

chicken tikka masala and cilantro

I highly recommend you serve the turmeric-spiced cauliflower rice with this chicken tikka masala. For a lighter version of this chicken tikka massala, use half the amount of heavy cream and eliminate the sugar. You won’t miss either. Promise.

Ree’s recipe is comfort food at its finest. If you’re less experienced at cooking Indian food, don’t be intimidated. You’re very capable of making this dish. I believe in you.

To make the cauliflower rice, here’s what you’ll need to buy:

1 large cauliflower
1 1/2 Tbs turmeric
1 c frozen peas

cauliflower, turermic, and peas

The rich color of turmeric is soooo pretty. And the peas, too. Gosh I love these colors.

Tablespoon of turmeric

Chop your cauliflower into 1-inch florets and separate into two batches.

Cauliflower chopped into florets

“Rice” the cauliflower one batch at a time using a food processor (if you try to process all the cauliflower in one go, you’ll get uneven pieces). Pulse each batch about 7-8 times or until you get a rice-like texture.

Do not over process. Your cauliflower will turn to mush, which makes for a really good mashed potato substitute, but that’s an entirely different post.

You may be tempted to keep processing until that one last floret is riced like the others. Do. Not. Do that. Just remove the one or two florets that didn’t make it through the blade.

Chopped cauliflower in food processor

Cauliflower being processed

Riced cauliflower in food processor

You’ll end up with about 4 cups of riced cauliflower.

Riced cauliflower in measuring bowl

Move the cauliflower rice to a medium-sized sauce pan. Add the turmeric, peas, and 1/2 c water.

Cauliflower, turmeric, and peas in a pan

Then stir, stir, stir.

Stirred cauliflower mixture and spatula

The water helps spread the turmeric evenly, and it steams the cauliflower rice, which you need to do for 8-10 minutes on medium-high heat.

Stir once or twice as it steams to ensure even heating.

Turmeric-spiced cauliflower rice steaming in pan

If you think it needs seasoning, try a pinch or two of salt.

All done!

See? Look at you, cooking Indian-inspired food. I’m so proud.

turmeric-spiced cauliflower rice

Turmeric-Spiced Cauliflower Rice
Yields approx. 4 servings

1 large head of cauliflower
1 c frozen peas
1 1/2 Tbs turmeric
1/2 c water
pinch of salt

  1. Chop cauliflower into 1-inch florets, separating florets into two batches.
  2. One batch at a time, put florets in a food processor and pulse 7-8 times or until cauliflower turns into a rice-like texture.
  3. In a medium sauce pan, stir together riced cauliflower, peas, turmeric, and water.
  4. Steam on medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes or until steaming hot. Stir cauliflower 1-2 times while steaming.

If you make this recipe, let me know what you think! Interested to hear your opinion.


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