Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cauliflower Rice-Cauliflower Pulao Recipe-Gobi rice

Cauliflower Rice Recipe-Gobi rice-Cauliflower Pulao (Indian style)

Cauliflower is loaded with nutrients. It is a very good source of vitamin C and manganese. It has cancer fighting properties. It is low in fat, high in fiber and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It strengthens the immune system and protects against cardiovascular diseases.So let us try to include this vegetable in our diet. Here is a simple Cauliflower rice recipe/Gobi rice. This is also ideal for lunch box, both kids and elders will love this rice. This is one of our family's favourite rice.

Cauliflower rice
Ingredients needed

Basmati rice - 1 cup
Cauliflower - 1 medium sized
Onion - 1 big
Tomato - 3 big and juicy ones
Peas (fresh /frozen) - handful (optional)
Ginger - 1 inch piece finely chopped/minced
Garlic - 3 cloves minced or finely chopped
Green chilli - 1 finely chopped

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Pulao masala powder or biryani masala powder- 3/4 tsp (available ready made)
Salt as required
Oil - 2 tbsp

For the seasoning

Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Cloves - 2
Bay leaf - 1
Cardamom - 1


Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 20 minutes. Drain the water, add 2 cups of boiling water and pressure cook or use the rice cooker.

Finely chop onions, green chilli, ginger and garlic.

Puree the tomatoes in a blender.

Blanch the cauliflower florets. i.e.- Cut the cauliflower into florets and put them in boiling water to which a little salt and a pinch of turmeric powder is added. Let it remain in the water for 5 minutes. Then drain the water completely.

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and fry the cauliflowers adding half of the chilli powder.
Do not overcook, as we want the cauliflowers to retain its crunchiness. Keep aside.

Gobi rice-Cauliflower rice recipeMethod

Heat oil in a pan and add the ingredients mentioned under seasoning.

Then add finely chopped onions and saute till it turns golden brown.

Now add ginger, garlic, green chilli and saute for a few more minutes.

Then add tomato puree, turmeric powder, salt needed, remaining chilli powder, coriander powder, pulao masala and cook till it the raw flavor goes and oil separates.

Now add the cooked cauliflowers
, cooked rice to the tomato gravy. Mix everything well and simmer for a few more seconds until everything gets blended well.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve with chips or mixed vegetable raita or papads.

Delicious and simple Cauliflower Pulao is ready.


While buying cauliflowers, see to it that the florets are clean and white with bright green leaves. Looks for heavy and solid ones.

Add a little lemon juice while blanching cauliflower to retain the white color.

More Gobi /Cauliflower recipes from Padhuskitchen

Cauliflower curry

Gobi paratha-Cauliflower paratha

Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen


  1. Cauliflower rice sounds yummy Padhu and i loved the doggie :-D

  2. Delicious pulao..yummy and colorful,cute presentation:)

  3. Cauliflower pulao sounds delicious.

  4. Love the doggie, very well presented dear.

  5. good one !the floret lamb is soooooo cute !

  6. Oh I love cauliflower any day. Just loved the rice :)

  7. Yummy and delicious dish...cute cauliflower doggie.

  8. yummy rice, cauliflower dog or sheep:)???? looks beautiful

  9. delicious and nicely presented..

  10. Love the cutie doggie..Gobi rice is delicious!!


  11. looks delicious, looks like cauliflower doggie is watching out for u :)

  12. nice rice preparation.. love the cauliflower dog!

  13. doggie looks so cute..n rice looks yummy :)

  14. மிகவும் அருமையாக இருக்கின்றது...அழகாக இருக்கின்றது..

  15. looks delicious n colorful n loved the presentation so cute the puppy

  16. very yummy rice love the colour of the rice

  17. Dear padhu
    How are you? Very nice recipe indeed. I will try soon.
    Have a nice weekend

  18. Love your version, very inviting colour & texture..

  19. hi padhu
    it looks yummy...but ur creativity with vegetables fruits is awesome.............

  20. Hi Padhu,

    Having just returned from a vacation, we had an rather empty looking fridge except for a lone cauliflower and some tomatoes. So I went looking on the internet for something new that I could make with those basic ingredients. That's when I stumbled across your site, and I followed your recipe to the letter. I must tell you that it came out perfectly delicious! Many thanks for sharing it. My wife and I are going to try some of your other recipes :-)


  21. i just love this spicy gobi rice.easy to make for lunch. awesome click and nice presentation.keep going...... looking forward for more creative receipes.

  22. Love that puppy u have made out of cauliflower so cute.

  23. I made this for my lunch box tomorrow, it will be the envy of the office

  24. what is tat pulav masala made of??or wat type of brand yu used for tat pulav masala??is it okay if it is done widout tat masala??any alternative is there for tat as i couldnt get tat masala

  25. You can add biryani masala .I use Everest or even local brand like Shakti here. You can do that without that masala also but the taste will differ. I like this pulao with and without biryani masala.

  26. Hi Padhu,
    The cauliflower pulao looks soo lovely ... yumm


  27. Your presentation is extraordinary.

  28. Wowwwwwwwww. .....it was yummy padhu...Thanks a lot. ...

  29. hi, tried this recipe and it turned out amazing.

  30. Thank you padhu mam. Sure i'll try this..


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