30 January 2008

Raw Fried Rice (cauliflower for people who hate cauliflower)

I'm not doing the RAW thing, perse... as far as counting percentages and obsessing. But I find that my brief foray into obsession opened up an enormous world to me - one that tastes better, most of the time, frankly. So I do find myself eating very High Raw most of the time.

This recipe is a super quick, super easy way to make a family favourite of mine - fried rice - without actually having to have any cooked rice on hand. Without actually having to cook, for that matter. If you're weirded out by the whole cauliflower thing, don't be. I hate raw cauli... but I love this dish.

Fried Rice


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Makes 6+ cups

This rice is as close as you’ll come to real fried rice. It’s got the right balance of mouth feel and taste, and it was a winner here at the house, even with Mr. Picky. You’ll find this serves 3 VERY generously, or four, with a side dish. Feel free to serve it very cold as a salad, or slightly warm, as I’ve suggested, for an authentic Fried Rice.


  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • 1 ten ounce package peas, thawed, or fresh peas
  • 2 tablespoons onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup cilantro or flat leafed parsley
  • 1 inch of lemongrass
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • a drizzle of sesame oil, optional
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • Braggs, or gf tamari
  • 1 cup hulled sunflower seeds


In the bowl of your food processor, pulse cauliflower into ‘rice’ and place in a bowl.

In the FP, pulse the onion, garlic, lemongrass, and cilantro or parsley until finely minced. Place in bowl.

Place peas in bowl. Stir all ingredients together.

Drizzle with oils and gf tamari or Bragg's. Stir in sunflower seeds.

Optional but AWESWOME: Heat on very low heat in a saucepan, stirring contstantly until just warm to the touch, or place in dehydrator for 30 minutes.


Abbie said...

Looks great, and easy too!

Kelli said...

I just made this and ate it for dinner! While I don't think I could get away with telling my friends it's a substitute for fried rice, it was very tasty - great combo of flavors. I found it was useful to blend the cilantro and ginger along with the cauliflower; they all blended well and I didn't have to spend time scraping pesky bits of cilantro off the side of the processor. Great way to use cauliflower! Thanks!

Daisy R said...

Great, I have a cauliflower that needs using up tonight!

bethany said...

Made this rice tonight and LOVED it. Thank you so much for sharing!! Its a new fave.