Thursday, 10 January 2013

Quick microwave cauliflower rice

Cauliflower rice is a great alternative to the old staple of white rice. Initially you need a food processor to chop it into rice sized pieces, you could also finely chop it with a knife, which would probably be time consuming but would work, maybe grating it on a large holed grater would also be a viable option.There are many recipes out there for rice that you can adapt to cauliflower, just by adding a few ingredients, it takes on a whole new flavour. You can add peppers, garlic, chili, cilantro and tomatoes to make Mexican style rice, you can eat it plain with a little salt or you can add a little cilantro to make cilantro rice which goes well with stir fry or Indian based curries. Previously I have stir fried this rice which is easy but messy as the grains tend to spill out of the pan onto the stovetop, I don't have a delicate hand! I also have a friend who just eats it uncooked. Today I thought I'd try it in the microwave. this was simple and definitely the way I'll do it in the future.

1 head cauliflower roughly chopped
1/2 pack chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons water


Pulse the cauliflower in the food processor until it resembles fine grains of rice. Tip it into a microwave proof bowl and add the chopped cilantro. Add the water and mix through with a fork to distribute. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap over the bowl and microwave on high for 4 minutes. Fluff it up and that's it. How simple is that, no fuss, no mess!

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