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Cauliflower Rice and Jerk Sweet Potatoes in Coconut

Cornish Cauliflower Rice

I’ve been noting the proliferation of cauliflower rice recipes over the last few years with a watchful, if slightly sceptical eye. I love my starch and this low carb, 5:2 diet food sounded a bit too good to be true. As I am co-hosting the Cool Cauliflower Recipe Collection this month, it seemed like the right time to try it out.

The idea is to pulse cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles rice or couscous and use it as a substitute for either of those ingredients. It not only resembles them in texture, but is meant to be filling and satisfying too. 100g of cauliflower is 25 calories compared to rice which is 350. Rather than use a food processor, I went with my trusty Optimum 9200 blender, which did a perfectly good job, as long as I didn’t add too much at one time.

Cornish Cauliflower Rice

Amazingly, sceptic that I am, I found the claims to be true. There was a bit of a brassica taste to be sure, but it was quite mild. Frying it in a very small amount of rapeseed oil, gave it a slightly nutty flavour and it went brilliantly with the jerk curry I made to accompany it. Not only did it taste good, but it soaked up the curry sauce well and was perfectly satisfying. I didn’t feel cheated at all. I have been converted to cauliflower rice as a perfectly exceptable substitute for the real thing. My only quibble is that it’s not as easy to prepare. However, given that the calories are significantly less, it’s probably worth the extra effort.

Cornish cauliflowers are still in season and I easily found a good looking fresh one at my local greengrocers. I had some organic sweet potatoes in need of using up as well as some rather ropey carrots and sprouting onions. I made a simple curry with these and used some flavoursome jerk seasoning from Spice Kitchen and fresh ginger to liven it up. Cooked in coconut milk, the results were quite delicious.

Cauliflower Rice with Jerk Sweet Potatoes in Coconut
Serves 4
A low carbohydrate alternative to rice or couscous, cauliflower works particularly well with curries. The jerk curry is simple and quick to make as well as being quite delicious.
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Cauliflower Rice
  1. 1 cauliflower (Cornish is good)
  2. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  3. 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  4. pinch of sea or rock salt
Sweet Potato Curry
  1. 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  2. 3 onions - peeled and roughly sliced
  3. 3 carrots - scrubbed and roughly chopped
  4. 2 sweet potatoes - scrubbed and roughly chopped
  5. walnut size piece of root ginger - peeled and finely chopped
  6. 2 tsp jerk seasoning (mine came from Spice Kitchen)
  7. 1 tin red kidney beans - drained and rinsed
  8. 1 tin coconut milk
  9. 2 tsp tamari soy sauce or 1 tsp rock or sea salt.
Cauliflower Rice
  1. Remove the outer leaves and biggest part of the stem from the cauliflower and cut the remainder into florets.
  2. Pulse in a food processor until the cauliflower resembles rice or couscous - be careful not to over do it as you don't want a paste. Depending on the size of the machine you are using, it may be better to do 1/4 or 1/2 at a time (I used my high speed blender).
  3. Dry fry the cumin seeds in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat for a minute or two.
  4. Add the rapeseed oil followed by the cauliflower. Cook for about 5 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure even cooking and no burning. The 'rice' should be golden and cooked, but with a slight bite to it.
Sweet Potato Curry
  1. In a large saucepan, fry the onions in the oil over a low heat for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the jerk seasoning and the carrots and fry for a few more minutes.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes and ginger and stir.
  4. Add the bean, coconut milk and tamari or salt. Cover and leave to simmer for about 15 minutes or until the carrots and sweet potatoes are soft.
Notes
  1. Once riced, the cauliflower can be kept covered in the fridge for 2-3 days and cooked as required.
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Cauliflower Link-UpI am of course adding this to the Cool Cauliflower Recipe Collection hosted by myself and Karen over at Lavender and Lovage. Please do join in with any cauliflower recipes you have, past or present. The linky is open until the end of the month.

 

Meat Free MondaysThis also goes to Jac of Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Mondays.

 

 

 

Extra Veg LogoUsing cauliflower instead of rice makes this eligible for Extra Veg which is this month hosted by Kate over at Veggie Desserts. This challenge originates from Utterly Scrummy Food for Families and Fuss Free Flavours.

 

Credit Crunch MunchAlthough I bought the cauliflower fresh, how could I not for such a dish, the rest of the vegetables would have soon be ready for the compost heap and I only just rescued them in time. So I am sending this off to Lucy at Baking Queen for Credit Crunch Munch. This challenge comes from Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla of Fab Food 4 All.

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  1. Leave a Reply

    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    28th May 2015

    good to hear this works in the froothie blender – will have to try it – I have made cauliflower rice a few times – I think my favourite time was when I found purple cauliflower but I guess that didn’t look at all like regular rice – it is quite spooky how much it looks like it

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      Choclette
      28th May 2015

      As this is my first cauliflower rice Johanna, I’ve never tried it in a food processor, so don’t know which is better. If you try it, perhaps you could let me know.

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    Claire @foodiequine
    28th May 2015

    Love the sound of the Curry but the Cauliflower rice concept isn’t for me. Having tried it I’d rather have the calories for the real thing and use my cauliflower in some other way.

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      Choclette
      28th May 2015

      So glad you have your priorities right Dannii šŸ˜‰ What do you use to make your rice?

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    Janice
    28th May 2015

    I was a sceptic too, Choclette. It really is quite amazing how good cauliflower rice tastes. Lovely looking curry too.

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      Choclette
      28th May 2015

      Thank you Janice. We had it for supper again tonight – I’m a convert šŸ˜‰

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    Camilla
    28th May 2015

    I love a good vegetarian dish and this looks so pretty and sounds so tasty, one to put on the to make list!

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      Choclette
      29th May 2015

      Thanks Camilla, it was certainly tasty enough for us to enjoy it two nights running and rather wishing we had more.

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    Kate @ Veggie Desserts
    29th May 2015

    Cauliflower rice rocks! And I love your jerk sweet potatoes with coconut. Amazing flavours! Thanks for sharing with #ExtraVeg

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      Choclette
      29th May 2015

      Thanks Kate, it’s funny how such a familiar vegetable can be transformed into something seemingly quite radical.

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    Dom
    29th May 2015

    I have not made this yet although I have made cauliflower couscous which I think is pretty much the same thing and I love it. That caulk is a good old girl! This curry looks amazing!

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      Choclette
      29th May 2015

      I think it’s pretty much the same thing Dom. I called mine rice, but could just as easily have called it couscous. My stomach is rumbling now at the thought of that curry – it’s a fast day šŸ™

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    Karen
    29th May 2015

    I have just cooked a Chinese cauliflower rice recipe that is so low in calories and yet high in taste, so I DO know how good this stuff is Choclette! A FAB recipe and one that I may replicate on a fast day! Karen

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      Choclette
      29th May 2015

      Ah yes Karen, you are the cauliflower Queen. I have no idea what a Chinese cauliflower is, so look forward to finding out.

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    Chantelle
    29th May 2015

    This looks and sounds lovely! I’m a big fan of cauliflower rice and sweet potato curry, but have never tried them together – and have never used jerk seasoning. I bet it would give the curry a lovely kick!

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    Jenny
    29th May 2015

    That sounds like a really interesting and unusual way to eat cauliflower.

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    Anita-Clare Field
    30th May 2015

    cauliflower is my favourite vegetable. Cauliflower rice is something I discovered at a friends house and together with your delicious curry makes for a frankly champion of suppers. I can’t wait to give it a whirl

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    30th May 2015

    I’ve been intending to try the cauliflower cous cous for about a year now and still haven’t got round to it! Every time I buy a cauli, my husband uses it before I get a chance!!!!
    The curry sounds delicious…… Sweet potato is such a great vegetable and I love adding kidney beans….
    The flavours sound deliciously Caribbean and perfect for summer x

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      Choclette
      31st May 2015

      Ooh lucky you Kate, I wish CT would use cauliflowers before I get a chance. What does he cook with them? I love curry’s as it’s really simple to knock something tasty up quite quickly.

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    30th May 2015

    My wife persuaded me to try cauliflower “rice” a few months ago and, despite my initial doubts, I enjoyed it a lot. Since then I’ve used it with many other dishes and I’m a convert. This is a very fine combination – definitely my kind of dish.

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      Choclette
      31st May 2015

      Thanks Phil. It’s funny how we resist these things even though we pride ourselves on being adventurous cooks. I’m glad it wasn’t just me.

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    Glamorous Glutton
    31st May 2015

    I’ve been quite sceptical about the wonderful cauliflower rice too. But perhaps I should put my qualms aside and make your truly delicious sounding recipe. There seems to be a sweet potato zeitgeist going on on the blogosphere with a few recipes being posted. I’ll definitely be bookmarking yours. GG

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      Choclette
      31st May 2015

      Haha yes GG, I’ve just been over to see your lovely sweet potato skins. You should try the cauliflower rice and then you’ll know if you think it worth doing again or not.

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    Janie
    31st May 2015

    Great post Choclette, I’m still to try this faux rice as I rarely buy cauli’s, but I reckon it would get a thumbs up from me.
    Janie x
    PS the blog is looking GREAT! Even my Mum (who is one of your subscribers) mentioned how smart it’s looking šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      31st May 2015

      Oh never mind the cauli Janie, I’m just thrilled your mum is following my blog. AND thank you for letting me know you like the new improved look šŸ™‚

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    Laura@howtocookgoodfood
    31st May 2015

    I also love your new blog Choclette, so much better to navigate and the style really suits you. Your recipes are always winners and this sweet potato dish with cauliflower rice sounds very tasty. I love the fact you can replace a carb with a veg without missing out. Such a great invention!

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      Choclette
      1st June 2015

      Thank you Laura, that’s really kind of you to say and has given my morning a huge boost šŸ™‚ It’s really quite astonishing that we can go on inventing new ways of preparing old foods and this is definitely a good invention.

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    1st June 2015

    Love the sound of the curry! I adore cauliflower rice, I actually just posted a recipe using it myself! It’s so good if you toast it so it’s golden brown šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      1st June 2015

      Haha, yes I just saw and commented on your recipe Becca. For some reason I thought you’d already seen mine, but I now realise it was the sugar free cakes. I have been well and truly won over to the cauliflower rice brigade šŸ˜‰

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    Elizabeth
    11th June 2015

    I’m a recent convert to cauliflower rice. I ate it quite a bit while I was slimming (glad to say I reached my target weight, two stone lighter than I was in December!). Gorgeous recipe this!

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      Choclette
      11th June 2015

      Gosh well done you Elizabeth, your persistence paid off. I know it’s cauliflower rice is great for those wishing to lose weight or on the 5:2 diet, but it’s actually a really nice way of preparing it anyway.

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    Kellie@foodtoglow
    20th June 2015

    I’ve been doing cauliflower rice/couscous for awhile now, and also really love it as roasted florets with turmeric and za’atar too. Your recipe looks so good, Choclette. A beautiful balance of flavours and texture. PS I really like the Spice Kitchen blends. The best I have tasted really.

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      Choclette
      20th June 2015

      Thanks Kellie. I tried roasting cauliflower with a spiced cocoa blend once. It tasted good, but didn’t look at all pretty. I think your turmeric and za’atar sounds like a goer.

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