632. Chinese Cauliflower Rice

April 6, 2017mayurisjikoni
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        My 7th guest is my dear little sister Sapna.  Sapna is one of those type of people who does not like to take sides when two people fight. She never sided with either of us when my brother and I used to fight. She is a very dependable person and can juggle a series of chores in a jiffy. I have not spent that much time with my sister but whatever time I have spent with her is memorable. I’m so lucky to have a sister with whom I can share all my joys and sadness, distance makes no difference. She immediately will know how I will feel and I will get a comforting message from her. She is a true friend, to whom I can open my soul and she will not judge me. I cannot imagine how people who do not have sisters get by. She’s always got a smile on her face, is very sensitive and very humble. My brother and I tease her that she owns a water work company… she can cry at a drop of a hat! Though she is my younger sister, I can depend on her for good advise on anything.
       I remember when we were little, she use to love wearing bangles and rings. She would get those jewellery sets from our toy shop and dress up. So once  had put on a ring, the kind that you can adjust the size. She must have pressed it too hard so one end went into her finger. She probably was scared to tell my mum so it kept on going into her flesh till one day we noticed that her teeny weeny finger was swollen. Then all hell broke out… mum getting angry, us worried, our house help James trying to help my mum to remove it. I think in the end she had to be taken to the doctor.

        I’ve actually never heard my sister say that she loves cooking. She cooks for her large family, but I don’t think she ever discusses cooking the way I do with my sister in law Vibha.
She loves travelling, reading, watching movies and American series.

Over to my little sister:

     My sister Mayuri is a brilliant cook. I follow most of her recipes from her blog. When we were growing up she had to help our mum in the kitchen.I was the one who got away from any chores in the kitchen. Living in a huge family, there was plenty to prepare and cook. I never learnt how to cook until I moved to UK. My sister started cooking at a very young age. 
My childhood memories are of us playing in the garden at our home in Nairobi. We both would wear my mum’s saris and pretend to play house. Mayuri and I studied in a boarding school in India. We spent just a few years together. After completing her high school she moved back to Nairobi while I continued my studies in India. After her marriage, my parents moved to London and my brother and I joined them. However, my sister had to start her married life in Mombasa. Although we have not stayed together we share a strong bond.

Tired of chinese stir fried rice..well here is another version and tastes delicious!




Serves 4
10 mins cooking time


5 cups of cauliflower florets
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
¼ tsp white pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1 medium onion diced
6 oz broccoli florets chopped
2 carrots grated
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup frozen corn
2 spring onions thinly sliced
½ tsp sesame seeds
1.To make the cauliflower rice grate the florets using a cheese grater, the large holes or use a food processor and pulse till it resembles like rice.
2. In a small bowl whisk the sesame oil, ginger, white pepper and soy sauce.
3. Heat 1 tbsp of vegetable oil in a wok or skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook till the onions are translucent about 3-4 mins
4.Stir in the chopped broccoli, peas, carrots and corn stirring constantly until the vegetables are tender.
5.Add the cauliflower rice and the spring onions and cook till cauliflower is tender, about 3-4 minutes.
6. Add the soy sauce mixture. Mix it gently into the rice.
7. Serve immediately, garnish with sesame seeds and spring onions optional. You can also serve some soy sauce in a bowl for guests who want it salty.
  • I had added  some mangetout, bamboo shoots, red peppers and water chestnuts. If you want to make it spicy either add ground green chillies or chilli flakes.
  • Also if the family eat eggs then use 2 large eggs and make an omelette. Add this in step 5.
  • Cauliflower rice is quite a versatile ingredient. You can use it in various dishes.
  • Prepare all the vegetables when you are ready to eat.
You may want to check out the other guest posts:
eggless zucchini bread muffins
eggless pineapple upside down cake


  • Traditionally Modern Food

    April 7, 2017 at 6:35 am

    wow this is interesting, using cauliflower as rice. dish looks inviting:-)

  • Shobha

    April 12, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    These yummy one pot meals are to die for.. love them a lot. We can make with so many variations

  • Tea and Catchup

    April 14, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    I loved reading the Posts by both sisters. It's lovely to see how well yo both appreciate each other. I do make cauliflower rice sometimes but never tried making it like Chinese rice. Great idea.

  • Mayuri Patel

    April 14, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks, my sister vouches that its a simply tasty healthy dish.

  • Mayuri Patel

    April 14, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    You're right Shobha, one can make so many variations.

  • Mayuri Patel

    April 14, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Thank you so much for the kind words. You perhaps can try out the Chinese version next time.

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