When C and I first heard about ‘cauliflower rice’ we scoffed at the idea – and said somewhat condescendingly ‘its like vegetarians making fake meat sausages – it defeats the purpose of being a vegetarian’.
However like most things in my life – my tune was soon to change (you can see I’m quick to make judgements, but I am also very quick to be the first one to admit I was wrong). If any of you have read my posts from The Travelling Chopsticks – you will know that I am obsessed with rice. Rice for me is the absolute of all comfort food and I never will give it up completely.
Suprisingly, I have not really missed rice since C and I started on this project – all the food we have eaten over the past few days, there has been no real need for rice. But when we had take-away curry last Friday, I felt a pang of loss that I couldn’t have a bowl of lovely steaming white rice to soak up all that delicious tika masala sauce.
So today I buckled. I bought a small head of cauliflower and made cauliflower rice and had it with the left over curry and it was – excellent! I still need to tweak my technique as I made the ‘rice’ too small I think (overly zealous on the food processor button!), but this will be a very VERY good substitute for rice.
Doesn’t that look good? Could you imagine having a curry without ‘rice’?
If you look online, you will see lots of recipes for cauliflower rice, most of which has the following basic technique
- Cut away the leaves and stem of the cauliflower
- Cut the cauliflower in half, then cut off all the florets, discarding the thick stem in the middle
- Try and get the florets of equal size
- Pop it into a blender and pulse until desired rice size
- Heat a little bit of olive oil in a frying pan, add the cauliflower and lightly fry – 3-5 minutes. Add salt and any other herbs that you wish.
- And there you have it – Cauliflower rice
I found this post from Everyday Maven particularly helpful as you got to see a step by step approach: http://www.everydaymaven.com/2013/how-to-make-cauliflower-rice/
What you have to bear in mind, when it comes to cauliflower rice – is that it is not rice, it does not taste of rice and it has a different consistency to rice. As long as you keep that in the back of your head, I think you will like it – or at least grow to like it. 🙂
- Why Cauliflower is a Low Carber’s Best Friend (eatingonthelow.wordpress.com)