Prep 15 mins
Cook 18 mins
A mildly spiced pilaf, this great side dish can be turned into a complete meal by adding leftover roast chicken or cooked chickpeas. Add an additional 1/2 tsp of curry powder if you like a stronger curry flavour.
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons curry powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon zest, minced
- 2 cups small cauliflower florets
- 1⁄2 cup red peppers or 1⁄2 cup green pepper, diced
- 1⁄2 cup green onion, sliced
- 1 1⁄2 cups white rice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- black pepper, to taste
- Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add ginger, curry powder and lemon zest and stir for 30 seconds.
- Add cauliflower, peppers, onions, rice and salt; stir.
- Add water and bring to a boil; reduce heat and cover.
- Cook 15-18 minutes, until water is absorbed and rice is cooked through.
- Stir in peas and black pepper, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
I chose this recipe when I discovered that I had run of lentils for the dish I intended to make:(. I had all the ingredients on hand except green onions. I used a leek instead - two would have been even better, I think. My red peppers were the roasted kind in a jar. The only other change I made was to use olive oil instead of butter. We have excellent olive oil here in Greece, and I generally prefer it for cooking. I followed the technique to a t The result was excellent! Both my adult children came home, and enjoyed it with the remains of a rotisserie chicken. As the poster said in the note, this is a mildly spiced curry, which suited my husband perfectly. The recipe (using a whole medium cauliflower) made enough for leftovers for lunch, which I appreciate. I may add a little cumin & garam masala to mine. Next time I may use basmati or jasmine rice instead of plain white, although it worked out well as is. Excellent healthy recipe!
5 star all the way. Wonderful flavor. Because I am cutting back on fats I cooked the recipe differently - I would love the butter flavor but omitted it completely. I cooked the rice,drained it well and then mixed in the curry, ginger & lemon zest. I steamed the cauliflower for 3 minutes, chopped all the other veggies. I did this early in the day. 20 minutes before dinner I sprayed the skillet with "No Oil" added the spiced rice heated on low for 5 minutes, added the cauliflower, heated for an additional 5 minutes and finally added the peppers, peas & green onion continued heating for another 5 minutes - The dish was so tasty I didn't miss the butter. Thanks Jo for a repeat recipe