Indian Pilau and Roasted Cauliflower


Everyone has their version on how to make pilau.  Different cultures uses different spices.  The Kenya Pilau   we use cardamom, cumin and cinnamon.  The Indian version uses garam masala and turmeric.  I made the Indian pilau and it’s equally tasty.  I roasted cauliflower as a side dish instead of making a salad.  Added turmeric to the cauliflower and roasted them.


For the Pilau

300g chopped chuck steak

1 tbsp. garam masala

1 brown onion chopped

1 cup basmati rice

1 tsp turmeric

2 cups chicken stock

Salt to season (option)


For the roasted cauliflower

600g cauliflower cut in florets

1 tsp turmeric

¼ cup oil




To make the roasted cauliflower

Preheat oven to 180ºC

Line baking tray with non-stick baking paper

In a bowl add ¼ cup of olive oil and 1 tsp of turmeric.  Mix to combine.

Add the cauliflower in the bowl and mix.

Place on the tray and bake for 20 minutes or until cauliflower is cooked.


To make the Pilau

Mix the garam masala with the meat, season with salt. Place pan on a medium heat and lightly spray with oil.  Cook meat until brown.

Add the chopped onions, cook for five minutes or until soft.

Add turmeric, cook for 30 seconds , add rice and coat with the onions and spices for 1 minute.

Add chicken stock and bring to the boil.  Simmer and cover  until all the liquid has absorbed, and the rice is soft.  Put the heat off and cover the saucepan and let it cool .



This dish serves 6


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