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cauliflower curry and rice in a bowl

Cauliflower Pilau

Easy Cauliflower One Pot Dish
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red onion peeled and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 200 g basmati rice rinsed in cold water
  • 110 g red lentils
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 small carrots peeled and chopped
  • 150 g frozen peas
  • 12-15 cashew nuts


  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and gently fry the onion until soft
  • Add the crushed garlic, cauliflower, and carrots and cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Put the lentils and rice with the vegetable stock and spices
  • Bring back to the boil and turn down to a simmer, stirring occasionally
  • Add extra water if it gets too dry
  • After about 25 minutes add the peas and cashew nuts
  • Bring back to boil and cook for a further few minutes until the rice and lentils are soft, and vegetables are cooked
  • Serve immediately
Keyword classic rice dish