Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice is a sweet and savory grain-free side for any main dish.
The Inspiration For this Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice
A couple weeks back, I went to an Oscar party with the wonderful folks from Invictus and had to think of an Oscar-themed dish to bring along. Originally, I was joking around with Tiger Burgers (a nod to Life of Pi and Richard Parker) but then I kept thinking Pi-neapple. The idea for Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice was born.
Ingredients in this Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice
I modified a recipe by the amazing Melissa Joulwan of Well Fed, and what I brought is the result. It looks a lot like curry rice…so realistic in fact that when I asked my pal Amy if she’d tried it, she said no because she’d thought it was real rice.
The currants and cinnamon give a hint of sweet and spicy while the cilantro adds a nice fresh flavor. The batch easily doubles to serve more hungry bellies or just to have for leftovers. Pairs really well with chicken and shrimp.
Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice
Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice features currants and cinnamon for a hint of sweet and spicy while the cilantro adds a nice fresh flavor.
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1/4 fresh pineapple or 1/2 cup unsweetened canned pineapple
- 1/2 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup dried currants
- 1 Tbsp curry powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 large handful cilantro
- 1 Tbsp Coconut oil or fat of choice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Rice the cauliflower in a food processor. Set aside.
- Dice the pineapple into small pieces (hint: big chunks are fine but cutting it to a smaller size is a bit more appealing visually).
- Dice the onion and garlic finely. Chop the cilantro.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, melt a large spoonful of coconut oil. Saute the onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic, almonds, currants, curry powder and cinnamon. Stir until combined well.
- Increase the heat to medium-high, add another spoonful of coconut oil and dump in the cauliflower. Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until it’s softened but not mushy.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the pineapple and cilantro. Check flavor and add salt / pepper to taste.