February 7, 2009

Cauliflower fried rice

One friday, my husband called from office to say, one of his friend will be coming for dinner that night. Since it was the weekend, i didn't have any veggies stocked in my fridge. All I had was one cauliflower.
Decided to make Teekhat Meethachi Puris and panchmel dal. Having only cauliflower, went ahead to make fried rice using, which I haven't tried before. I usually don't attempt such experiments when guests are coming over. Thought since pooris are there, if it fails, I can adjust. Made dates payasam for the dessert. Shall reserve the recipes of other dishes for later post. First thought making it a one dish meal. Cooking the masala and adding rice to it and pressure cook. But did not feel comfortable cooking cauliflower. So cooked the rice separately and went on to prepare the base masala.

Wash the cauliflower and drop the flower into a pot of hot water added with little salt and turmeric. Cover and let it stand for 10 minutes.This will ensure that the small worms tucked inside the flower come out,if any. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Cauliflower florets - 1 cup

Onion - 1

Cumin - 1/2 tspn

Fennel seeds - 1/2 tspn

Cloves - 4 nos

Green chilly - 2 nos

Turmeric - a pinch

Chilly powder - 1/2 tspn

Tomato sauce - 2 tblspn

Soya sauce - 1 tspn

Oil - 2 tblspn

Cook rice separately and spread it on a plate to cool.

Heat oil in a kadai. Add cumin seeds, fennel seeds and cloves. When they start browning,add the chopped onions. Saute till the onions turn pink. Add the chopped florets. Add salt, turmeric, chilly powder. Cover and cook till the florets turn tender. Add 2 tablespoon of tomato sauce and a tspn of soya sauce to the cooking mixture. Cook for 2 minutes, till the flavors blend in.

Stir in the cooled rice and serve with yogurt or roasted papad. Left over rice can also be used. Even the masala can be prepared ahead and you freeze it. Defrost and use with cooked rice and pack it for lunch.

I am sending this to

JFI: Cauliflower , hosted by Mythrayee, an event started by Indira of Mahanandi.

Sunita's Think Spice:Think Twice: Mastic Gum or Fennel Seeds , guest hosted by Ivy.


  1. Yummy Pulao, I love Cauliflower in Pulaos.

  2. looks delicious..nice entry for the event..

  3. Looks yumm...nice entry for the event..

  4. Love the pulaov version of cauliflower, looks delcious

  5. ആദ്യമായാണ് ഇങ്ങനെ ഒരു ഐറ്റം കാണുന്നത്. കൊള്ളാമല്ലോ

  6. Nice Idea. nice recipe.

  7. ...and am sure the guests left licking their fingers:)!

  8. I have never used only caulifower in pulaos, only with other vegetables.
    But this is avegetable we like, so I know it has to be good.:)

  9. Hi ..
    First time here ...Very nice blog ..Delicious pulav


  10. Asha,soumya,chitra,cham, thanks.
    It was delcious than expected.

    എളുപ്പമല്ലേ ,ഒന്നു പരീക്ഷിച്ചു നോക്കു ശ്രീ , ഇഷ്ടപെടും .

    Soma, thanks.

    Harini, it was first time for them too. And they liked it.


    Aparna, necessity made me try with this veggie alone. Glad it turned out good.

    Veena, Welcome to my blog. Thanks for the comment. Do drop in often.

  11. Thanks for participating. The pulao sounds delcious.

  12. I agree with Aparna,never tried cauliflower alone.Also tempting the menu for dinner.I wish I too had come.Never tasted dates payasam.Cauliflower rice and dates payasam,very hearty meal. Waiting for all the delish recipes

  13. looks delicious. never tried with gobi.


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