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Spiced Vegan Cauliflower Rice

Indian Inspired Cauliflower Rice

May Simpkin
This spicy Cauliflower rice is a fabulous no carb, very low calorie choice that is not only delicious but a great way to sneak a good portion of a vegetable into your meal. Ticking all these boxes; paleo, no carb, vegan, vegetarian, delicious, healthy and above all super simple, it needs to be a regular on your menu!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian


To make this Cauliflower Rice, you’ll need…

  • 1 large cauliflower roughly cut into florets, retaining the stalk
  • 1 large Onion
  • 4 large cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 large bunch fresh Coriander finely chopped
  • 1 Lime cut into 8 for serving


  • Pulse onion and garlic first in a food processor and then add the cauliflower and pulse until mixture resembles rice, taking care not to over blend. Thermomix Tip: Use Reverse setting, 5 secs/Speed 5
  • In a frying pan, add the coconut oil and when hot, add the cauliflower mixture. Fry over a medium heat for a few minutes, then add the spices, salt and pepper.
  • Continue to cook until the cauliflower is soft but still retains a little “bite”
    Vegan Cauliflower rice


Serving Suggestion
Combine with quinoa; cook quinoa according to packet instructions (See TIP below) and mix with the cauliflower rice once cooked. Garish with fresh coriander Serve with a squeeze of lime.
TIP: Quinoa can sometimes be perceived as a tricky one to cook and you may resort to a (processed) ready-made option. There’s no need as it really is very simple. I always add a little less than the recommended amount of water and the idea is that once you bring the water to the boil, reduce to a low heat allowing the quinoa to absorb the water, until each grain splits to reveal a tiny “tail”. It will not work if you only allow the quinoa to steam by pouring boiling water; it needs to be cooked like rice. If the grain has not all opened, add a little more water.
  • Combine with Puy Lentil instead (or as well as!) for added protein and fibre
  • Use smoked paprika and cumin for a Mexican twist
  • Add a little feta or halloumi cheese for a delicious vegetarian main meal