Cauliflower Rice ..Maharashtrian Style Gobi Pulav

Like most teenagers, my daughter is very fussy when it comes to her food. She likes her vegetables cooked in a very certain way and doesn’t like her food to be tampered with. One thing she has in common like most of us would be her hatred for Cauliflower which I still can’t seem to comprehend! It’s such an underrated vegetable which has an abundance of great nutrients such as Vitamin C and only has 25 calories! I know…only 25! 

So I decided to give myself a challenge…what could I cook that would make her change her mind about Cauliflower? And suddenly…my mother’s favorite recipe pops to mind, a dish I grew up eating throughout my childhood. A simple Maharashtrian style Gobi Pulav or in other words, Cauliflower rice.

Friends, this dish is so easy to make and it’s so incredibly rich in flavor! So…what are we waiting for- let’s get started!

Ingredients:

– 2 bowls of uncooked rice: Soaked in water for 30 minutes.
– 2 Chopped Onions
– 2 Bay leaves
– 1 Cardamom
– Turmeric 1/2 TSP
– Dhania Jeera Powder 2 TSP
– Curd 3 TSP
– A little sugar
– Salt to taste

Green Masala Paste: Make this into a puree by mixing together in a blender.
– Handful of Coriander Leaves
– 8-10 Mint leaves
– 3 Chilies
– 1.5 inches of Ginger
– 7-8 Garlic Cloves
– 8-10 Black Pepper
– 3 Cloves
– 1 piece of Cinnamon

Start of by deep frying the Cauliflower florets until they become slightly medium brown. Remove the Cauliflower and blot lightly on a tissue paper to remove any excess oil.

Next, heat up your pressure cooker. Add 2 TBS of oil, Hing, Mustard Seeds, Bay leaves, 2-3 curry leaves and one Cardamom. After this, add your chopped onions and sauté. Once translucent, add your green paste purée and then your remaining ingredients except for your rice. Once the masala is ready, add your soaked rice and cauliflower florets to your pressure cooker. Add 3TBS of Curd and stir. Once this is done, add 4 bowls of hot water. Close the lid on your pressure cooker and turn on your gas to medium. Now, wait until you hear 2 whistles.

Once 2 whistles are over, open your cooker and give your rice a nice stir. Voila, you are almost done. Isn’t the aroma simply amazing?

Garnish your dish with some Coriander and grated Coconut. You can serve your dish with some Cucumber Raita, crispy Papad or pickle of your choice.

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I promise you guys…this recipe is so worth it! And of course…I succeeded in own personal challenge of making my teen love this.

Lots of love,
Sanika

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