Grain-free Saffron “Rice”
This dish uses saffron infused water and other spices to flavor cauliflower that has been grated to resemble a rice consistency. Cauliflower is rich in nutrients and flavor, but low in calories and zero fat, so it’s a great grain-free and low carb alternative to rice.
I serve it with my Chicken Tikka Masala, but it would also go great with a roasted chicken and grilled vegetables. I usually use a food processor with the grater attachment to get the vegetable to a really small grain size, but you could get the same result by using a cheese grater.
|Ingredients (serves 4)
1/2 cauliflower head, about 3 cups of florets
1 tablespoon ghee, butter, or coconut oil
6-8 saffron threads
2 cardamom pods
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1/2 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garam masala
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup frozen peas
Run the florets through a food processor and process until finely grated to the size of rice grains. You can also grate them on a cheese grater.
Melt the butter in a saute pan over medium-high heat, then add cauliflower and spices. Saute over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir in the peas.
Slowly add the chicken stock, stirring in between, until all of the liquid is absorbed and the cauliflower is mostly cooked but with a little crunch left to it.
Add salt and pepper to your liking. Remove the cloves, cinnamon stick, and the cardamom pods before serving.