Starting the week with a question – Do you struggle to follow a diet and give up mid way? Bored of consuming Raw Salads for dinner? Looking for new recipes or new ideas to consume vegetarian, plant based meals, gluten free, diabetic friendly, pegan (paleo and vegan)? Look no more!
Today, I share with you a fantastic recipe of the South Indian Classic Lemon Rice with a twist – presenting the Lemon Cauliflower Rice. Absolutely NO Rice but tastes amazing with the lemon zing, roasted nuts and aromatic curry leaves.
We absolutely don’t believe in dieting and only believe in eating right which means coming up with tasty and healthier ways to improve your everyday food.
Being South Indians, we adore Rice and while we have given up eating grains for dinner (which shows amazing results on the weighing scale by the way). I am always thinking about coming up with ideas to make our dinner interesting and healthy so that we are not tempted to go back to carb loading.
The Lemon Cauliflower Rice would be suitable for consumption for all age groups, dieting or not. It can be made with very little prep work and ingredients that are mostly available in your refrigerator. All you need is 10 minutes of steaming the cauliflowers, finely chopping them (for the rice texture) and sauteing in the pan with nuts, curry leaves etc with a grand finale of the generous squeeze of lemon juice.
As mentioned above, this recipe of Lemon Cauliflower Rice falls under the Pegan Diet. Pegan is Paleo + Vegan. The Diet was first introduced by Dr. Mark Hyman in the year 2015. The Pegan Diet lays strong emphasizes on plant based food, clean eating by incorporating vegetables, fruits and salads as much as 75% of your daily intake. No dairy and limiting the amount of protein used. Good fats in the form of nuts (except peanuts) and avoiding sugar and processed food at all costs. Sounds interesting. Read here for more information on the Pegan Diet.
Happy that I shared this recipe with you today? Well then let’s look at the recipe in detail with step by step pictures and make a batch of this healthy Lemon Cauliflower Rice today for the entire family. Do not Diet – Live to Eat!
Taking this Lemon Cauliflower Rice to the #184FoodieMondayBlogHop where the theme this week is PeganDiet as suggested by Veena Krishna Kumar who blogs at Veena’s Veg Nation. Please check her space for some traditional south Indian recipes, recent recipes using the Nutripot, Instapot etc.
Disclaimer – Please note that I am no expert in Pegan Diet nor a certified Dietitian. All the information processed here is from extensive reading, source of which is marked. Before incorporating any new diet, it is mandatory to check with your General Physician who is aware of your health history etc.
Looking for some more healthy plant based recipes – Do check out Mediterranean Chickpea salad with Amaranth Couscous, Quick Carrot Salad and Khamang Kakdi (Cucumber Peanut Salads). Please note these recipes are not PEGAN.
Recipe for Lemon Cauliflower Rice
Prep Time – 10 minutes
Cook time – 15 to 20 minutes
1 cup is 200 ml measurement
Serves 2 (small portion)
- 2 cups of Cauliflower Florets
- 1 tblsp Olive Oil
- 1 whole red chilli
- 1/2 tsp chana dal
- 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
- 4 to 5 nos. Cashews roughly chopped
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
- Juice of 1 medium size lemon
- Few sprigs of curry leaves
- Salt to taste
(1) Wash, Cut the cauliflower into florets and place them in the steamer.
(2) Steam the cauliflower florets for 8 to 10 minutes.
(3) Cool, finely chop them and keep aside.
(4) Heat a kadhai, add oil and mustard seeds. Allow it to crackle.
(5) Now add whole red chillies, chana dal, cashews and curry leaves. Saute them until the cashews and chana dal have roasted well.
(6) Now add the turmeric powder and mix well.
(7) Add the finely chopped cauliflower and some salt to taste. Mix well.
(8) Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes and then switch off the gas flame.
(9) Squeeze lemon juice, mix well and serve piping hot.
- The traditional Lemon Rice has peanuts but since Pegan Diet doesn’t allow it I have excluded the same and added cashews. The same is the case for Asafoetida or hing, which is not used in this recipe.
- I have opted the steaming technique as it just softens the cauliflower, doesn’t allow over cooking and gives that soft texture, similar to that of rice.
- We generally consume this at home with some salad on the side. You can however, serve it with curd, curry and/or dal too (if not following a pegan diet).