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Cauliflower masala rice
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Cauliflower rice recipe

Easy cauliflower rice, perfect for lunch box
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: cauliflower recipes, easy lunch recipes, lunch box recipes
Servings: 3
Author: Jeyashri suresh


  • 1 cup basmati rice uncooked
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • Coriander leaves to garnish
  • Salt as needed

To grind

  • 2 onions
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Wash and cook the basmati rice with 1 and ¼ cup of water.
  • You can add little salt and 1 tsp of oil while cooking.
  • Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.
  • This came around 4 cups of cooked rice.
  • Once it is done, spread the cooked rice in a wide plate.
  • Put the cauliflower florets in hot water for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the water and keep this aside.
  • In a pan add 1 tbsp of oil.
  • Roughly chop 2 onions and add this to the pan.
  • Add 5 cloves of garlic
  • Saute till it turns slightly golden brown.
  • Switch off the flame and add 1 chopped tomato.
  • Mix well.
  • Cool this and grind with 1 tsp of garam masala and little salt.
  • You can add 2 cardamom and 1 clove instead of garam masala.
  • Cool and grind into a smooth paste.
  • In a pan add 1 tbsp of oil and add the cauliflower florets.
  • Add 1 tsp red chili powder and salt.
  • Mix well and cook in medium flame for 10-12 mins.
  • Let this get nicely roasted.
  • Add ½ tbsp of oil in a pan.
  • Add the ground onion tomato masala to this.
  • Saute well till the moisture evaporates completely.
  • This will take 5-7 minutes.
  • Now add the roasted cauliflower florets to this.
  • Mix it well.
  • Now add in the cooked rice to this.
  • Gently combine this well without breaking the rice.
  • Let this cook for 2 minutes.
  • Switch off and garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Cauliflower rice is ready.
  • You can pack this for lunch box or serve at home along with raita.



1. You can add few cashew nuts along with onions. This will give a nice rich taste.
2. Cauliflower rice can be packed in lunch box or served for guests too.