It has been a long time since I shared my day to day food in the blog. If you are a regular reader, you might know that I am following paleo diet for the past six months and I am completely off grains. So without rice, I miss my most favourite rice varieties. But when I came across cauliflower rice, I was slightly sceptical. Will it work? I tried some rice varieties and my hubby was too happy with the results. He was terribly missing rice and this was such a great boon to us. So whoever invented cauliflower rice, a great namaskar to them.
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I know you will be shocked. But after starting my paleo diet, I had to include eggs because I was not getting enough proteins with my pure vegetarian diet. So after a lot of thinking, after a lot of cajoling from hubby, one fine day I started taking eggs in my diet. The first two weeks were so horrible. As you all know I have been making egg free dishes the past seven years and I stopped eating eggs nearly 20 years back. Even though I made cakes with eggs for customers, I never tried eating them. Now I had to eat because I was missing out important nutrients. Now I have come to accept the taste and have been looking for recipes which can successfully mask the odour of eggs. I am better with boiled eggs than omelette. I don’t know why but I couldn’t stand omelettes. But for the boiled eggs, I have started sauteing them in spices and onions so that the taste of onions are overpowering which masks the eggs taste. This is one more recipe which tastes like fried rice with all those Indo Chinese flavours again masking the smell of eggs. I really feel so bad for this sensitiveness.
Do you remember my paleo ven pongal post? If you have not read it yet, do take a look by clicking on it. It was a weekend meal I prepared for hubby. Along with the ven pongal, I also made some paleo curd rice which was also with cauliflower. Before you ask me whether rice is allowed in paleo, no it is not and this is not the normal carb loaded rice. This is actually made with cauliflower minced to look like rice and it tastes so much like rice too. I have experimented a lot of recipes with cauliflower rice and I should say everything turned out great. And I felt so bad when the cauliflower season ended. But one day I was fortunate enough to see cauliflower in the farmer’s market and I bought two immediately. With those cauliflowers, I made this delicious spread.
Today’s lunch was awesome. After starting with my paleo diet, I have been missing some dishes and one among them is ven pongal. Here is my attempt at making ven pongal into a paleo dish with cauliflower rice. Cauliflower is a great boon for all those are avoiding rice in their diet. Either grate it or process it in food processor and you will get it in the consistency of rice. You can then cook it in microwave or steam cook it to get the rice like texture. And this rice can be had with any gravy of your choice or can be made into any favourite dish.
So many of you were asking me about the meal plan I follow for my paleo diet. So I tried putting together some dishes so that it would be helpful for those who are new to paleo. These dishes are totally vegetable based and doesn’t even include eggs.
I am sure many of you are getting inspired with my paleo recipes. Here is one more which makes a great ingredient in your dishes. I was so used to rice in dishes and when I changed to paleo, I found it tough to eat the veggies roasted. That is when I came across this cauliflower rice. This looks like rice and you can adapt it to any rice recipe like pulao, fried rice and biryani.
I know the name of the dish is weird. But let me explain. I have started with paleo diet and am finding it difficult to find filling meals. This is a meat based diet but being a vegetarian, it is tough to find sources of protein. It is R & D daily in my kitchen and this dish is one of our success dishes. When I found about the cauliflower rice, I was so happy. And now we get cauliflower in abundance. So I have two to three cauliflowers in my fridge always. This rice can be used as a regular rice and can be made into variety of flavours. With the need to incorporate as many vegetables as possible, I am learning the art of variety cooking. I use this rice atleast once in a day and try to vary the flavours. Till now I have tried biryani, fried rice, mushroom rice and vegetable pulao. All the recipes turned wonderful and hubby is so happy with my cooking. I think all these years in blogging is helping me so much with this diet.
If you remember my spicy cauliflower casserole and tarte tatin, you will know what I am talking about. I used the rough puff pastry from tarte tatin for the cups and for filling I used the cauliflower casserole. Make sure to use water as glue while sticking bits and pieces of the pastry sheets. Else you will end up with broken cups.
After two days of sweet dishes, we now explore some spicy bakes. Though everyone participating in this Baking marathon is doing sub themes, some how I didn’t try to choose any theme. I didn’t even try to organize my posts and drafts. My drafts folder is like a puzzle box and I am picking a recipe a day from that. Today I will be writing about a very very easy recipe which is so Indianized, if it is the word!! I had a beautiful head of cauliflower and decided to make casserole. When I was going through the recipes, every recipe I came across used loads and loads of cheese and white sauce. As my folks at home don’t even try to taste it, I was looking for an alternative. Then I came across low fat versions using tomato sauce and different types of sauce. That is the moment I got the idea of making an Indian version of the casserole. My hubby likes anything that is spicy. Red chilly powder needs to be added so that I can tempt him into eating it. And also the casserole needed a liquid element to cook the vegetables.