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Kanchan's Cauliflower Rice Vegetable Pulao

Recipe by: Kanchan Koya of Spice Spice Baby! 

Kanchan's Cauliflower Rice Vegetable Pulao

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  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil or ghee
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nagauri Cumin seeds
  • 2 whole Kandyan Cloves
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • 2 gently smashed Baraka Cardamom pods
  • 2 black Aranya Peppercorns 
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup peas, fresh or frozen 
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped green beans 
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 3 cups cauliflower rice (or 2 cups cauliflower and 1/2 cups basmati rice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pragati Turmeric
  • 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon Guntur Sannam Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala 
  • Salt 
  • Fresh cilantro to serve 



    1. In a pressure cooker or a pot with a lid, heat the oil or ghee on medium high heat until it shimmers. Add the whole spices and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add the ginger and cook for a minute until just fragrant. 
    2. Add the vegetables, spices and salt and saute to mix well. Add enough water to cover and pressure cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. If using a pot, cover and cook on a medium low flame for 20 minutes until everything has softened to your liking. 
    3. Adjust the salt to taste. Sprinkle with cilantro and server with yogurt, lentils or as is!