Vegan Cauliflower and Spinach Rice-Indian Style

Saw this recipe in one of my cookbooks and made this today. It was easy to make and guess the spice mix I used-Channa masala powder 🙂 And recently I have fallen in love with this new spice mix-Kitchen King masala-which adds this awesome flavor to everything you add it to. The best part is that it tastes different in different recipes. MDH brand Kitchen King masala is the best in case you are planning to get one 🙂


Cook Basmati rice (1 cup rice: 2 cups water) When the rice is cooking, break 1/4 cauliflower head into tiny florets and add it to boiling salted water for it to cook-around take it out when it is  70% done. Meanwhile, chop 1 onion, grate a small piece of ginger, few garlic cloves, 2 handful of spinach leaves, slit 2 green chillies, break a handful of cashews into tiny bits. You could add frozen green peas


In a big pan/wok(which would fit the cooked rice-cos you’d have to mix them in this), heat a Tbsp of oil,2 cloves, a cinnamon stick, a cardamom and a bay leaf, a tsp of mustard seeds, wait for them to crackle, add curry leaves, green chillies, cashews and let them brown. Time to add onions, salt and let them brown. Then add grated ginger, garlic and spinach and let them cook for a couple of mintutes. Drain the semi-cooked cauliflower and add it in, throw in some frozen green peas, add a tbsp of channa masala, a tsp of kitchen king masala, 1/2 tsp of chili powder, more salt, fry for a minute or so, add 1/2 cup of water , cover the wok and let the masala cook. More water if needed if you feel the masala is unboiled. Once it is done and if you have a watery consistency, on high flame, keep the wok open and let the water evaporate. Add the cooked rice in, more salt and toss until the masala coats well on the rice. That’s it.. Serve with any curry of your choice.

p.s: I have highlighted the ingredients you need 🙂


19 thoughts on “Vegan Cauliflower and Spinach Rice-Indian Style

    • Thanks Namrata 🙂 I have used pav bhaji masala to make Tawa pulao. Thanks for reminding me. Got mushrooms in fridge. Will make it soon 🙂

  1. Awesome pictures :).
    Great Recipe. It’s always amazing that how much can be done with rice :).
    MDH masala rocks. I always have kitchen king and chaat masala in the pantry, when I get bored of regular cooking, use these for extra punch ;).

    • Awww. Thanks 🙂 True rice is such a lifesaver 😛 I have never used chaat masala with rice. Does it taste good?

      • Everything man…
        How to sign your name on the picture? Which software?
        How to make pictures more lively?
        For a lazy photographer like me, I use my iPad for stop shop ;)). Any tips using the iPad for all of it?

      • Alrighty, I use my android tab too. No there is no fancy camera that you need 🙂 one shop stop-I understand it completely. 2 apps that I use are instagram and pstouch(phototshop for android). Love instagram cos you could get amazing effects and pstouch is for the fade effect and text. And I use wordpress app to upload pictures into my blog post 🙂

        Also, what I have noticed from your picture is too many items into the frame. Take them off or have a larger frame and keep empty spaces. Next shot, tilt to camera and go down to the height of your dining table, in natural light, take snaps. last one is a close up shot and that should do the trick.

      • Your step by step photos are great 🙂 Perfect, in fact 🙂 Your photos are good.These are only suggestions:
        For example, matar poha the final pic, I would have removed the spoon and put it behind the plate and would have removed the flowers in one of the shots. So you could have edited to put the name next to the plate. The second shot would have been a parallel one, rather than one from the top so that you could get those flowers as a blurred background. In pad, when you click on the screen ones, it locks what you want, and the rest becomes slightly blurry. Try that too 🙂

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