Roast cauliflower & hazelnut pilaf

Roast cauliflower & hazelnut pilaf

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4
Indian cuisine caters for vegetarians well - this healthy basmati rice pot is flavoured with coriander, garam masala and ginger

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal563
  • fat26g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre8g
  • protein17g
  • salt0.6g


  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5cm piece ginger, grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 tbsp garam masala
    Garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • 300g brown basmati rice
  • 700ml hot vegetable stock
  • 3 curry leaves
  • 250g cauliflower, broken into florets



    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 2 tbsp medium curry powder
  • handful coriander, chopped
  • 100g toasted hazelnut, chopped



    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…

  • 150ml pot natural yogurt, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large pan, add the onion and cook for 5 mins until golden. Add the garlic, ginger, garam masala and rice, and cook for a few more mins. Add the stock and curry leaves, and season. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 40 mins.

  2. Toss the cauliflower in the curry powder and remaining oil, season and put on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 40 mins until tender.

  3. Remove the rice pan from the heat and leave for 5 mins, then gently stir through the roasted cauliflower, coriander and toasted hazelnuts. Serve with natural yogurt.

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5th Aug, 2020
For the spices for the rice we did not have curry leaves but added 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp black mustard seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds and 8 cardamom pods. We also used chicken stock rather than veg and doubled the garlic, ginger and cauliflower. We served the pilaf with some yoghurt, mango chutney and naan bread - it was lovely and we will definitely make it again!
3rd Feb, 2020
It was OK, the cauliflower didn't need cooking for anywhere near 40 mins - mine burnt and I didn't notice :-(. The rice was good (except like a previous reviewer because it was brown rice I didn't know if it was cooked or not), but I was expecting more taste from the spices. It also took about an hour and more liquid to cook. Quite a healthy recipe but I'm not sure if I'd make it again.
30th May, 2018
Made this tonight and really enjoyed it. Minor adjustments made; more salt than the recipe required, added lemon juice, doubled the cauliflower as it really needed using, and used white rice instead of brown as it was what I had in. Would recommend.
28th Sep, 2015
I followed the recipe to the letter and we all found it rather dull. If I was to cook it again (and I can't imagine I will) I would double the cauliflower. Disappointing.
17th Nov, 2014
Very tasty, enjoyed the texture of the hazelnuts in it, amazing how different they taste after toasting too. I found it needed but time/water then the recipe said, but it might just be me being fussy about the texture of the brown rice - it never seems done!
29th Jul, 2014
Amazing flavour - The cauliflower tasted really nice and unique and as a dish alltogether the cauliflower tied in a lovely flavour. I also added some carrots, potatoes and chicken so it would serve my family of 6, which worked well and everyone was asking for seconds!
2nd Apr, 2014
I can't remember ever having roasted cauliflower and this was amazing a whole new dimension of flavour, simple to make but so tasty.
Frantic Flapjack
22nd Jan, 2013
I steamed the cauliflower and then added it to the rice mixture as I thought it may have dried up in the oven. This is a good rice dish but nothing special. Served with vegetable curry.
swiftsmith's picture
15th Mar, 2014
Oven roasting cauliflower intensifies the flavour, so it might taste better if done that way.
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