The no-rice Fried ‘Rice’

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? I saw a mention of it on a friend’s Facebook page and was immediately attracted to it. I am a HUGE fan of chinese food, after all! While a lot of recipes mentioned that this tasted just like actual chinese fried rice, I wouldn’t go so far (I am a discerning rice fan). However, it definitely gives great variety to a person who is off grain & cereal (waaaah!) and is really tasty to boot. It is a wonderful hot meal to dig into at the end of a busy day. Fast, easy and remarkably versatile – here is my version of the no-rice cauliflower fried rice 🙂 The original recipe can be found here – there are some really helpful pictures in there as well.

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Serves: 2 hearty servings (if eating only this)

1 large head of cauliflower, broken in rough chunks

1/2 cup carrot, diced

1/2 cup peas

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 onion, diced

1/2 cup any other veges (corn, baby corn, capsicum etc)

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp or more chilli sauce

2 eggs, scrambled well in a pan with a tsp of oil till dry

5 tbsp green onions (leaves only), finely chopped


2 tbsp olive / sesame oil

  1. Heat the oil in a large wok. Add the garlic & onion and salute on high flame till they turn light brown
  2. Add the carrots, peas and any other veges (except the green onions) and cook on medium flame, till partially done (about 5 mins)
  3. In the meantime, add the cauliflower florets in batches to your food processor (dry grinder jar) and pulse till the florets resemble dalia or broken wheat
  4. Once the veges are partially cooked, turn up the flame and get the wok really hot. Add the broken cauliflower. Cook on high flame for about 5 mins (the cauliflower shouldn’t taste raw, but should still retain a crunch)
  5. Add the sauces, salt & scrambled eggs and mix thoroughly. Cook for another minute
  6. Turn off the gas and add the green onion leaves for garnish. Enjoy hot!

You can replace the eggs with paneer, tofu or diced chicken. If using chicken, please cook fully before adding it to the mix. If using paneer or tofu, stir fry it on high flame in a little oil (about 4-5 mins) before adding to the mix.


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