A 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
- 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
- Rice the cauliflower in a food processor. Set aside.
- Dice the pineapple into small pieces (hint: big chunks are fine but cutting it to a smaller size is a bit more appealing visually).
- Dice the onion and garlic finely. Chop the cilantro down.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the pineapple and cilantro. Check flavor and add salt / pepper to taste.