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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cauliflower Rice-Cauliflower Pulao Recipe-Gobi rice

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-Gobi Rice (pulao)

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

Cauliflower Rice-Gobi Rice-Cauliflower Pulao

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Recipe Category
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   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
   Salt as required

  Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Chilli powder - 1 tsp
   Coriander powder - 2 tsp
   Biryani masala powder- 3/4 tsp (available ready made)

   For the seasoning

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


Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 20 minutes. Drain the water completely, add 2 cups of hot water and pressure cook for 3 whistles or use the rice cooker for cooking rice.

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.

If using fresh peas, par boil it with a little salt and keep it ready. If using frozen peas, just rinse it and use it.

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

Gobi rice-Cauliflower pulao recipe

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

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

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

Then add tomato puree, peas, turmeric powder, salt needed, remaining chilli powder, coriander powder, biryani masala powder and cook until 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

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  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..

  31. I just tried this recipe, it came out well but somewhere i feel like eating a tomato rice with a cauliflower in it :) Thanx for the recipe though.

  32. Replies
    1. If you are using frozen peas, you can add after adding tomato puree. If using fresh peas, par boil peas a little and add after adding tomato paste.

  33. Thanks for this wonderful recipe. I have made this recipe many times for my family and they enjoy it immensely

  34. Tried this recipe. Came out very well. Thanks :)

  35. I will be thankless if I don't post this comment.. I tried this for dinner and it tasted yummmmy...thank u so much.. Ramya

  36. Hi Padhu

    Thanks for the recipe...
    I have a question:
    To cook the gobi, should I cover and cook? Kindly explain clearly at what stage should I switch off the flame whether it retain the crunchiness..

    Thanks and regards

    1. You can cook uncovered or covered.Cook on medium heat. Taste the cauliflower and check it. I have written it clearly as below "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."

  37. How many minutes does it take to cook brown rice in rice cooker padhu?

  38. Brown rice will take a longer time to get cooker. Timings differs according to the quality of rice. You can dry roast slightly, soak it and then cook. It will turn soft.

  39. Tried cauliflower rice, it came out very well


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