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cauliflower rice with curry powder, almonds, and raisins

Curry Cauliflower Rice

Curry Cauliflower Rice is a remake of one of my favorite veggie recipes.

metal bowl with curry cauliflower rice

Why Cauliflower Rice is Versatile

Cauliflower rice is the perfect vehicle for so many flavors. (It’s kinda like the tofu of the veggie world in a way.) Its fairly neutral flavor and rice-like texture take on all sorts of tastes.

If you’re looking for more cauliflower rice inspiration, check out my Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice or my Paleo Caramelized Onion “Cous Cous.”

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Making cauliflower rice isn’t as hard as it seems if you have the right tools.

  • You can use a food processor (this is the one I’ve had for years). Run the cauliflower through a shredding blade, and it comes out with perfect rice-size pieces. This is my favorite method.
  • Or, use a blender. Put chunks of cauliflower in the blender, and fill it with water. Pulse until the pieces are small and the size of rice. Then strain and use in your recipe.
  • Finally, you can buy pre-made cauliflower rice from the supermarket, fresh or frozen. If pre-riced veggies mean you’ll actually eat your veggies, do what you’ve gotta do!

table shot of cauliflower rice with curry powder, raisins, and almonds

Ingredients in Curry Cauliflower Rice

This Curry Cauliflower Rice is the perfect combination of flavors.

It’s seasoned with yellow curry powder, a mixture of Indian spices popularized by – believe it or not – the British. Curry powder usually contains a combo of turmeric (which gives it its golden color), coriander, ginger, cumin, fenugreek, cayenne, and more.

Curry powder is quite a warming blend of spices, and can vary in heat levels. I like mine with a touch of spiciness. (This is my current fave.)

Besides curry powder, the aromatic base of this Curry Cauliflower Rice comes from onion and garlic. Then I layer on cozy cinnamon, crunchy sliced almonds, and plump, sweet raisins. I finish it off with some chopped cilantro for freshness, and it’s done.

overhead shot of curry cauliflower rice with a spoon

Making Curry Cauliflower Rice

This curry cauliflower rice is a pretty quick and simple weeknight side dish recipe. It looks like a lot of ingredients, but it comes together easily. Here’s how to make it.

  • Make the riced cauliflower in a food processor or blender.
  • Cook and stir the onions for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, almonds, raisins, curry powder and cinnamon, cooking for another minute.
  • Next add the cauliflower rice, cooking and stirring until tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro.

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Other Yummy Cauliflower Recipes

Can’t get enough cauliflower recipes? Check out my other favorites:

cauliflower rice with curry powder, almonds, and raisins

cauliflower rice with curry powder, almonds, and raisins

Curry Cauliflower Rice

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Paleo, Vegetarian, Whole30
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 148 kcal

Curry Cauliflower Rice is packed with warm spices, crunchy almonds, & sweet raisins. It's 100% grain-free, gluten-free, and delicious!



  • 1/2 large onion diced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp avocado or coconut oil divided
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 medium head cauliflower riced
  • Large handful chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add one tablespoon of oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions and salt. Cook and stir the onions until softened, about 5 minutes, until they become translucent.
  2. Add in the garlic, almonds, raisins, curry powder and cinnamon. Stir until combined well and cook for another minute.

  3. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the other tablespoon of oil, and dump in the cauliflower. Cook for 3 to 4 more minutes, stirring frequently, until it's softened but not mushy.
  4. Remove from the heat, and stir in the cilantro. Check flavor and add salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Curry Cauliflower Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 303mg13%
Potassium 246mg7%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 14.9mg18%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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curry cauliflower rice with cinnamon, curry powder, raisins, and almonds in a silver bowl

Recipe was originally published in June, 2017 and was updated to include new photos and more information.

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16 Responses

  1. Thank you for this recipe! I have been feeling pretty stuck in my whole 30 (I’m on day 8), and your website and this recipe have reignited my excitement for pursuing this lifestyle.

  2. Hi sounds like a great recipe. How do you rice your cauliflower? it looks more textured then the normal. I have been trying to find a better way to rice it. Thanks

  3. This was delicious!! Love the flavor combo. Especially appreciate the snazzy video showing how easy it is 🙂

  4. Loved this Curried Cauliflower Rice!!! I used to make one similar with actual rice but this one is much better and I get in more veggies! Thanks for posting!!

  5. Great recipe! You mention that it’s okay to use the pre-chopped rice from the supermarket, but your recipe lists the cauliflower by the size of the head you should use. What does that roughly come to in cups of “rice” for those of us using the premade stuff?

      1. Thanks! My aunt brought home a bag of the pre-chopped stuff at random (she hadn’t known I’d looked at this recipe) so I think I’ll get to try this one out sooner than I’d hoped.

  6. Tried this recipe last night with baked talapia and it was delicious! Will save and use often for a side dish.

  7. Made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! Perfect combination of flavors – I love the nutty and sweet with curry.

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