Curried Cauliflower Rice with Okra
I have a thing for Indian food. No, really, I could probably eat it 365 days of the year and be as happy as a clam. As a result, I make a lot of Indian-inspired meals (especially when I want something cozy and comforting). Also, okra (or bhindi) is an incredibly versatile veggie that is my favorite when prepared in the bhuna style, or dry. It soaks up all the spices so well! This dish is gluten-free and vegan, great for lunch or dinner, and will certainly warm you up. For an additional paleo/vegetarian option, try a fried egg on top. This recipe makes about 2 portions.
• 2 cups frozen cauliflower rice (I use this kind from Trader Joes!)
• 4 cups okra, chopped about ½ inch thick
• ½ large yellow onion, chopped
• ¼ cup veggie broth
• 1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 2-3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
• ½ tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
• 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
• 1 teaspoon coriander powder
• ½ teaspoon garam marsala
• ½ teaspoon chili powder
• ½ teaspoon cumin
• 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro, to garnish
• salt to taste
1. In a small bowl, add all dry spices, mix, and set aside.
2. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large (!!) frying pan and heat on medium high. Once oil begins to sizzle, add chopped onions, garlic, and ginger. Leave like this for a couple minutes, until onions caramelize and become translucent.
3. Next, add ¼ cup veggie broth and 4 cups chopped okra in the frying pan. The veggie broth helps the okra soak up the amazing spices, in my opinion! Stir well, and let look for 5-8 minutes.
4. Once the okra is fully cooked, transfer mixture to a medium sized bowl. Now you'll use the same frying pan to cook the cauliflower rice!
5. Add remaining ½ tablespoon of olive oil to frying pan (still on medium/medium high), and add 2 cups frozen cauliflower. Cook for about 5-8 minutes as well, or until cauliflower has defrosted and starts absorbing the spices left on the pan from the okra mixture.
6. Now, add okra mixture back to frying pan, stirring together with the cauliflower rice. The turmeric should be fully infused into the cauliflower rice, making it bright yellow & full of inflammatory power! ;)
7. Add salt to taste, garnish with cilantro, and devour cozily!