• Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice

    Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice | stupideasypaleo.comA couple weeks back, I went to an Oscar party with the wonderful folks from Invictus and had to think of an Oscar-themed dish to bring along. Originally, I was joking around with Tiger Burgers (a nod to Life of Pi and Richard Parker) but then I kept thinking Pi-neapple. The idea for Life of Pi-neapple Indianย Rice was born.

    I modified a recipe by the amazing Melissa Joulwan of Well Fed, and what I brought is the result. It looks a lot like curry rice…so realistic in fact that when I asked my pal Amy if she’d tried it, she said no because she’d thought it was real rice. The currants and cinnamon give a hint of sweet and spicy while the cilantro adds a nice fresh flavor. The batch easily doubles to serve more hungry bellies or just to have for leftovers. Pairs really well with chicken and shrimp.

    Note: This recipe has been updated and improved. Click here for the Curried Cauliflower Rice recipe.

    Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice

    Prep Time 15 mins
    Cook Time 15 mins
    Total Time 30 mins
    Yields 3-4 side dish servings


    • 1 head of cauliflower
    • 1/4 of a fresh pineapple (or 1/2 cup unsweetened canned pineapple)
    • 1/2 of an onion
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
    • 1/4 cup dried currants
    • 1 Tbsp curry powder
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 large handful of cilantro
    • Coconut oil or fat of choice
    • Salt and pepper to taste


    1. Rice the cauliflower in a food processor. Set aside.
    2. Dice the pineapple into small pieces (hint: big chunks are fine but cutting it to a smaller size is a bit more appealing visually).
    3. Dice the onion and garlic finely. Chop the cilantro.
    4. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt a large spoonful of coconut oil.  Saute the onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic, almonds, currants, curry powder and cinnamon. Stir until combined well.
    5. Increase the heat to medium-high, add another spoonful of coconut oil and dump in the cauliflower. Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until itโ€™s softened but not mushy.
    6. Remove from the heat and stir in the pineapple and cilantro. Check flavor and add salt / pepper to taste.


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    31 thoughts on “Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice

    1. what a wonderful recipe! I used to make something similar to this and everyone loved it, but it had rice. I am certainly going to try this now!

        1. Thank you for this recipe! Stuck at home with no car and I have all the ingredients for this in the house. Perfect solution for tonight.

    2. Steph – this recipe is so good that it got a “moment of silence” from Ben last night… Then a “whoaaaaa – what IS this? This is AWESOME.” ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for making me a hero!

    3. Can’t wait to prepare this for my 2 1/2 year old who has Prader-Willi Syndrome. She has to eat low carb. This fits the bill. Would there be another spice instead of the curry, just in case it was too spicy?

      1. Hi Anissa…I would suggest either checking the label specifically for “mild” curry powder or you could try some of the spices that usually make up curry powder, such as coriander, cumin and ground ginger. These are all somewhat pungent but not hot. Hope that gives you some ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

    4. I made this last night and then topped it with WellFed Citrus Carnitas that I’d reheated in some coconut milk. The curry rice was absolutely perfect, just the right amount of “other ingredients” besides the cauli and the nicest flavour, I will definitely put this on my regular rotation! (of note, I couldn’t find dried currants so I used craisins).


    5. This was so delicious! Highly recommended — the pineapple added the perfect amount of sweetness to the spice. Definitely a regular recipe from now on!

    6. This is one of my new favorites. I forgot to pick up pineapple, so I substituted with grapes. So delicious! Love the spicy, sweet, crunchy combo. Thank you!

    7. I know it should be obvious since the recipe is titled “Indian” Pineapple Cauliflower, but did you use indian curry powder in your dish or did you use a regular storebought one. I know that both of the curry powders have a distinctly different taste (im not sure why), so I wanted to be sure I used the correct one

    8. hi
      i like your recipes and i hope i can help attract some more traffic for you….not that I’m doing much yet….
      could i please incorporate some of your recipes and images on my site
      thank you

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