All Hail The Cauliflower!
If Keto is the rock n roll of diets, then cauliflower is the rock star. It’s amazing how many uses it has and how versatile an ingredient it is. One of it’s most common uses is to replace rice in the low carb and Keto world. I’ve done quite a few recipes using cauliflower rice but no stand alone recipe teaching you how to make it. Since it’s the start of the new year I though I would add to my Keto essentials playlist by making this video. So enjoy!
The grater attachment
This is my preferred way to rice cauliflower. It’s the fastest and the easiest way. You can rice an entire head of cauliflower in less than 3 minutes. I personally think this results in the most ‘rice’ like consistency and is perfect for all my low carb rice dishes. I used this to make my Keto biryani, my chicken pulao, my cheesy pork fried rice and even my prawns risotto. When it comes to cooking the rice I would recommend to avoid using any water or liquid as it really makes the rice wet and soggy. That makes sense when you cook dishes like my Keto paella where you want to cook the rice in stock and impart flavour.
The regular blade
If your food processor is devoid of the grater attachment then you can use the regular chopping blade as well. Just throw in the cauliflower florets and blitz away. You will need to scrape down the sides and move things around a bit to ensure it’s all evenly ‘riced’. Though if I’m being honest, this is cauliflower cous cous. The consistency you get with this method is unlike rice and there are a few drawbacks here. It can clump up together while cooking or even while blitzing. I also found that when cauliflower is riced like this it definitely smells more. Like you get that cauliflower ‘smell’ which doesn’t happen when I use the grater attachment.
However, this is not to say that this method is without application. I always use this method for when I want to make staples like the cauliflower pizza crust or the cauliflower hamburger buns. This is also perfect for my cauliflower upma recipe which is a lovely Indian breakfast. But my use of this method is infrequent to say the least.
The regular grater
This is mainly for those who don’t have a food processor. I personally do not enjoy this process. I find it too messy and too much work. It’s only really good if you need a small amount of cauliflower for something. Like you want to make a single hamburger bun or maybe just a small pizza base. But I guess you got to do what you got to do and if you have no food processor then this is your go to.
I always think it’s better to buy a cauliflower and to make the rice yourself than to buy ready packs from the supermarket.
I like to encourage people to minimize their food waste. Everything that can be eaten, should be. The green leaves on the cauliflower (if they are in good condition) can be stir fried with some butter and garlic and eaten as a side. The main thick part of the cauliflower stalk can also be used. I like to cut it up into little squares and boil them and then use them as fake potatoes. I actually did this in my Keto Poha recipe which is an Indian breakfast dish.
For those who don’t like, or can’t eat cauliflower, you can try this with broccoli or you can even use cabbage for rice. Just remember that cooking times will vary.
There are no macros as such, you just weigh the raw cauliflower and the amount of butter/oil you use and add that to your app.