Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice

IMG_3895A couple weeks back, I went to an Oscar party with the wonderful folks from Invictus and had to think of an Oscar-themed dish to bring along. Originally, I was joking around with Tiger Burgers (a nod to Life of Pi and Richard Parker) but then I kept thinking Pi-neapple. The idea for Life of Pi-neapple Indian Rice was born.

I modified a recipe by the amazing Melissa Joulwan of Well Fed, and what I brought is the result. It looks a lot like curry rice…so realistic in fact that when I asked my pal Amy if she’d tried it, she said no because she’d thought it was real rice. The currants and cinnamon give a hint of sweet and spicy while the cilantro adds a nice fresh flavor. The batch easily doubles to serve more hungry bellies or just to have for leftovers. Pairs really well with chicken and shrimp.

Prep time: 10-15 min     Cook time: 15 min    Makes: 3-4 side dish servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 of a fresh pineapple (or 1/2 cup unsweetened canned pineapple)
  • 1/2 of an onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large handful of cilantro
  • Coconut oil or fat of choice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Rice the cauliflower in a food processor. Set aside.
  2. Dice the pineapple into small pieces (hint: big chunks are fine but cutting it to a smaller size is a bit more appealing visually).
  3. Dice the onion and garlic finely. Chop the cilantro down.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt a large spoonful of coconut oil.  Saute the onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic, almonds, currants, curry powder and cinnamon. Stir until combined well.
  5. Increase the heat to medium-high, add another spoonful of coconut oil and dump in the cauliflower. Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until it’s softened but not mushy.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the pineapple and cilantro. Check flavor and add salt / pepper to taste.
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4 thoughts on “Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice

  1. what a wonderful recipe! I used to make something similar to this and everyone loved it, but it had rice. I am certainly going to try this now!

  2. Steph – this recipe is so good that it got a “moment of silence” from Ben last night… Then a “whoaaaaa – what IS this? This is AWESOME.” :) Thanks for making me a hero!

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