Grain-free Saffron “Rice”

This dish uses saffron infused water and other spices to flavor cauliflower that has been grated to resemble a rice consistency. Cauliflower is rich in nutrients and flavor, but low in calories and zero fat, so it's a great grain-free and low carb alternative to rice…!

I serve it with my Chicken Tikka Masala, but it would also go great with a roasted chicken and grilled vegetables. I usually use a food processor with the grater attachment to get the vegetable to a really small grain size, but you could get the same result by using a cheese grater…


Grain-free Saffron “Rice”




  1. Run the florets through a food processor and process until finely grated to the size of rice grains. You can also grate them on a cheese grater.
  2. Melt the butter in a saute pan over medium-high heat, then add cauliflower and spices.
  3. Saute over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the peas.
  5. Slowly add the chicken stock, stirring in between, until all of the liquid is absorbed and the cauliflower is mostly cooked but with a little crunch left to it.
  6. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
  7. Remove the cloves, cinnamon stick, and the cardamom pods before serving.

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