This recipe, which was featured in Episode 40 of the podcast, uses the cauliflower ‘mock rice’ to create a pilaf. Traditionally, pilaf is a grain dish in which the grain is cooked in stock and with spices are added.
It makes for a yummy side dish (we have had it with salmon and with a spicy lamb shank curry), but is also a good option for a light vegetarian meal.
A pilaf (or pilav as it is known in Turkish) is traditionally a rice dish cooked in broth. Well, we’ve made a veggie-packed not-so-traditional version of it by using cauliflower ‘rice’ and steaming it with vegetable stock. It’s a perfect side dish and can be served hot or cold.
This recipe was featured in Episode 40 of the podcast. It makes for a yummy side dish (we have had it with salmon and with a spicy lamb shank curry), but is also a good option for a light vegetarian meal.
No: Gluten / Dairy / Egg
*Variations: Can be made without Nuts
pistachios – 40g, shelled
almonds – 100g, blanched (or pine nuts, or a mixture)
cauliflower – 400g, in florets
vegetable stock – 1 Tbsp, concentrate paste
water – 500g
celery – 200g, stalks, roughly chopped
shallots – 20g
walnuts – 30g (or pecans)
raisins – 75g
currants – 75g
Put the pistachios (40g) and the almonds (60g) on a tray in a cold oven. Set to 200 degrees for 8 minutes.
Put the cauliflower florets (400g) in the bowl. Reverse+Speed 5 / 5 seconds.
Put the cauliflower kernels in the rice basket and dollop stock paste on top of the kernels (1 Tbsp).
Pour water (500g) into the bowl through the cauliflower and stock.
Set 10 minutes / 110C* / Speed 2, measuring cap on.
When the oven timer goes off, turn off the temperature. Remove the nuts from the oven when you can smell them.
When the cauliflower is finished, remove the internal steaming basket and set aside to drain.
Drain the bowl.
Put celery (200g), shallots (20g) and walnuts (30g) into the bowl. Chop Speed 5-6 / 3 seconds. Scrape down sides.
Add cauliflower, nuts, raisins (75g) and currants (70g). Combine Reverse+Speed 4 / 5 seconds. Scrape down the sides.
Pour into a serving bowl and mix further with spatula if required.
Serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve cold.
Can be frozen
*If your machine does not go above 100C, set to Steaming Temperature which is usually between 110-115C. Please refer to your user manual for correct information for the appropriate setting for your machine.