Thursday, 19 February 2015

Cauliflower Pulav

Here is simple nutrient Cauliflower pulao recipe: Cauliflower is heart healthy vegetable. It contains zinc, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium and sodium. So let us try to include this vegetable in our diet.

  • Basmati rice - 1 cup 
  • Cauliflower - 1 medium sized 
  • Onion - 1 big 
  • Tomato - 3 big and juicy ones 
  • Peas (fresh /frozen) - handful (optional) 
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece finely chopped/minced 
  • Garlic - 3 cloves minced or finely chopped 
  • Green chilli - 1 finely chopped 
  • Salt as required 
    Spice Powder 
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp 
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp 
  • Coriander powder - 2 tsp 
  • Biryani masala powder- 3/4 tsp (available ready made) 
  • For the seasoning 
  • Oil - 2 tbsp 
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece 
  • Cloves - 2 
  • Cardamom - 1 
  • Bay leaf - 1 


Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 20 minutes. Drain the water completely, add 2 cups of hot water and pressure cook for 3 whistles or use the rice cooker for cooking rice.

Finely chop onions, green chilli, ginger and garlic.

Puree the tomatoes in a blender.

Blanch the cauliflower florets. i.e.- Cut the cauliflower into florets and put them in boiling water to which a little salt and a pinch of turmeric powder is added. Let it remain in the water for 5 minutes. Then drain the water completely.

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and cook the cauliflowers adding half of the chilli powder. Do not overcook, as we want the cauliflower to retain its crunchiness. Keep it aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add the ingredients mentioned under seasoning. 

Then add finely chopped onions and saute until it turns golden brown. 

Then add ginger, garlic, green chilli and saute for a few more minutes. 

Then add tomato puree, turmeric powder, salt needed, remaining chilli powder, coriander powder, biryani masala powder and cook until the raw flavor goes and oil separates. 

Now add the cooked cauliflowers, cooked rice to the tomato gravy. Mix everything well and simmer for a few more seconds until everything gets blended well. 

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve with chips or vegetable raita or papads. 

Delicious and simple Cauliflower Pulao is ready.

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