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Cauliflower Rice Biryani
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Cauliflower Rice Biryani

A simple, easy but delicious and low-carb Cauliflower Rice Biryani made by subbing grated cauliflower for rice. Carrots and asparagus add fresh spring flavor.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: gluten-free, Indian fusion, Soy-free, Vegan
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 177kcal


  • 1 head cauliflower (trimmed and separated into florets. Process the cauliflower in a food processor until it breaks down into rice-size bits. Don't turn it into a mush-- use the "pulse" function on your processor in short bursts of five seconds each time until the deed is done)
  • 1 medium red onion (very thinly sliced)
  • 1 large carrot (julienned or cut into small rounds)
  • 8 stalks asparagus (tough ends trimmed, then cut lengthwise into ¾- pieces)
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp shah jeera (black cumin. Can substitute with regular cumin seeds)
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp ginger (grated)
  • 1 tsp garlic (minced or crushed)
  • ¼ cup raw cashews (blended into a smooth paste with ½ cup water)
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1-2 tsp biryani masala (garam masala will do at a pinch)
  • 2 tbsp mint (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp cilantro (finely chopped)
  • ½ tsp cayenne (optional -- check to see if your garam masala or biryani masala has any chile pepper powder added to it. Some of these premade mixes can be pretty hot)
  • Salt to taste

For garnish:

  • ½ tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp raw cashews


  • Heat the oil in a large pan with a tight lid
  • Add the cloves, cardamom and bay leaves. Saute until the color of the bay leaves darkens slightly, about a minute.
  • Add the shah jeera and saute for a few seconds, then add the onions.
  • Saute the onions until they begin to turn golden at the edges. Add the ginger and garlic pastes and saute a few more seconds
  • Add the carrots and asparagus, mix, cover the saucepan with a lid, and let the vegetables cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the cashewnut paste and the lemon juice. Stir well and cook a couple more minutes until the liquid has mostly evaporated.
  • Add the biryani masala, cayenne if using, mint and coriander leaves and stir to mix.
  • Add the cauliflower rice, give everything a good stir, add some salt, cover with the lid, and let the biryani cook 8 minutes.
  • Uncover, stir, and check seasoning. Add more salt if needed.
  • To make the garnish, heat the ½ tsp of oil, add the raisins and the cashew nuts and fry for a few seconds until the cashews start to turn golden brown.
  • Pour over the biryani.
  • Tip: Serve the biryani with a fresh raita, like my soy-free Cucumber Raita.


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 765mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 3473IU | Vitamin C: 76mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3mg