This Paleo pilaf swaps out traditional rice with healthy cauliflower that’s spiced with anti-inflammatory turmeric!
A few years back, I fell in love with a rice pilaf that I ate at a Middle Eastern restaurant. The rice was bright yellow and mixed with raisins and almonds—a mix of savory and sweet and crunchy and soft. Even now, just thinking about it makes my mouth water.
Using cauliflower instead of traditional rice, I finally decided to recreate a healthier, Paleo version of this dish. If you’ve never had cauliflower rice before, you’re in for a treat. Cauliflower rice is simply cauliflower grated into the size of rice, using either a box grater or food processor.
Once you have the cauliflower rice ready, set it aside. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the diced onions until they’re tender, then add the garlic and stir-fry until it turns fragrant. Add the cauliflower rice to the skillet and cook over medium heat for a few minutes (until fully cooked through).
Sprinkle turmeric and black pepper over the cauliflower rice and mix until it’s evenly distributed. Then add the golden raisins and chopped almonds. Stir for a few more minutes, then switch off the heat.
For a nice contrast in color, serve this hearty cauliflower pilaf with chopped parsley.
Turmeric Cauliflower Rice Pilaf Recipe
- Food processor
- Large skillet
- Wooden spoon
- 1 head cauliflower (florets only)
- 1 large onion (diced)
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- ½ cup roughly chopped almonds
- 2 t turmeric
- 1 t black pepper
- Chopped parsley (for garnish)
- Wash and cut cauliflower into florets. Remove the stems.
- Process cauliflower florets in a food processor until you get a rice-like texture. You may need to process the florets in small batches.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté diced onions for about 5 minutes (until tender). Add garlic and stir-fry until fragrant.
- Add in cauliflower rice and cook over medium heat for another 5 minutes (until tender).
- Sprinkle ground turmeric and pepper over the cauliflower rice. Mix until spices are evenly distributed.
- Add golden raisins and chopped almonds, mixing well and stirring for another 2 minutes.
- Evenly divide between two bowls. Garnish with chopped parsley before serving.
Tip: This simple recipe serves two, but you can easily double or triple the ingredients to get more portions. It makes both a great main course or a fantastic side dish. Either way, you’re going to be asking for more!
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