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Turmeric Cauliflower Rice or Gobhi Kutra

Turmeric Keto Cauliflower Rice, almost keto that is! Easy, low carb side that goes well with any meal. A one pot 15 min recipe. Vegan, Glutenfree, Grainfree and Nutfree Recipe

Cauliflower’s versatility is often talked about. In Indian cooking it is usually consumed as dry side dish preparation, mostly Aloo Gobhi (recipe here) for me. In Punjab, the state I am from, gobhi ke paranthe or whole wheat flatbread stuffed with cauliflower is another popular way to enjoy cauliflower. Punjabi version of Keto Cauliflower rice is popularly called gobhi kutra, which literally translates into grated cauliflower. So much before the West’s love affair with this low carb, cruciferous beauty, cauliflower rice was a thing in India..ha ha.

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Turmeric keto cauliflower rice recipe that comes together in one pot in less than 15 minutes. A great low carb alternatice to rice.

Using cauliflower is a great way to get more vegetables into your diet. Even if you’re not following a keto diet or avoiding carbs or grains. Cauliflower is mostly water and is very low in carbs and fats and has a negligible protein value. So it is overall a great vegetarian option to serve with some sort of protein.

Turmeric Keto Cauliflower Rice or Gobhi Kutra

If I tell my mom about my recipe of these keto cauliflower rice, she will give me her “look” and say that it is gobhi kutra and that I am complicating things…lol. I have written about how eating seasonal is deeply rooted in Indian cuisine (read about it here and here) and cauliflower is a cold or winter season crop. So, in those cold, winter months whenever we would get tired of eating aloo gobhi and gobhi paranthas, my mom would make gobhi kutra. Usually, gobhi kutra is served as a vegetable side dish with lentils and chapati. You must be thinking – CARB Yup, that’s how we roll in Punjab…ha ha.

Turmeric keto cauliflower rice recipe that comes together in one pot in less than 15 minutes. A great low carb alternatice to rice.

Gobhi Kutra usually has ginger garlic and onion masala with turmeric and other Indian spices (read all about Indian spices here). My mom adds green peas to it to add some color and freshness. I have added my own little touches and twists to her recipe and I am calling it Turmeric Keto cauliflower rice but in all truthfulness it is Gobhi Kutra…:P

Recipe Run Down

You can start with making your own cauliflower rice by using a food processor or a box grater. Grocery stores also carry riced cauliflower in the frozen section and it is a great time saver. I “rice” my cauliflower using the biggest grate size on my box grater because I am old fashioned that way..hah! I use a large skillet for making cauliflower rice. It does not have to be non-stick but I recommend a heavy bottomed skillet nevertheless (I use my trusted Scanpan). A wide skillet ensures a large surface area so that the “rice” can cook in a single layer and not end up being mushy. If you are making this recipe keto, I recommend using avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil. The amount of fat used will also depend on your choice of skillet.

Turmeric keto cauliflower rice recipe that comes together in one pot in less than 15 minutes. A great low carb alternatice to rice.

Heat the oil to medium high heat and add the ingredients as given in the recipe below. Cook on medium high heat, uncovered for 7-8 minutes and your rice will be ready. It is important not to cover the pan because this will make the rice cook faster and it will get mushy. And no one likes mushy rice! If you are following a strictly keto diet, you might want to skip carrots and peas as these are relatively higher in carbs.

It is optional to use green chilies if you want to serve this as “rice” and not a side dish. Same is true for garam masala. I finish my Turmeric Keto Cauliflower Rice with a squeeze of lime, some chopped cilantro and scallions. As always, these recipes are guidelines and I want you to feel free to play with ingredients (in a safe zone..:)) and make them your own.

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Turmeric keto cauliflower rice recipe that comes together in one pot in less than 15 minutes. A great low carb alternatice to rice.
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Turmeric Cauliflower Rice or Gobhi Kutra

Turmeric keto cauliflower rice is an easy side dish to go with any of your meals, a low carb, gluten free, grain free and delicious alternative to rice. A one pot, 15 minute recipe.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten free, Indian, Keto, Vegan
Keyword grain free turmeric rice, Keto cauliflower rice, turmeric cauliflower rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Vaishali


  • 1 tbsp avocado or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ tsp green chili optional
  • ½ cup onions chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 cup carrots and peas frozen optional
  • 3 cups riced cauliflower
  • ¼ tsp garam masala optional
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 4-5 sprigs cilantro leaves stripped and chopped
  • 2 scallions green parts chopped


  1. Set a heavy bottomed skillet on medium high heat, add the oil and wait until it is nice and shimmery.
  2. Add the cumin seeds and wait for them to splutter. Now add garlic and green chili (if using). Add the turmeric powder and mix.
  3. Add the chopped onions and a pinch of salt. Salt pulls out the moisture from the onions and they cook faster. Cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Now add the ginger and cook until the raw smell of ginger goes away, about 30 seconds to a minute.
  5. Add the coriander powder, give it a stir and add frozen carrots and peas. Cook for a minute or two. If not using carrots and peas move to next step.
  6. Add the riced cauliflower followed by salt and pepper to taste and cook, uncovered for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. See notes.
  7. Finish your turmeric keto cauliflower rice with garam masala, a squeeze of lime and chopped cilantro and scallions.
  8. Serve immediately with curry, in a buddha bowl, as a side or with pretty much anything that you serve rice with.

Recipe Notes

Don’t cover the pan. This will make the rice cook faster and it will get mushy.

If you are on a strict keto diet, you might want to skip carrots and peas.

Turmeric keto cauliflower rice recipe that comes together in one pot in less than 15 minutes. A great low carb alternatice to rice.

I hope you give these Turmeric Keto Cauliflower Rice a try and if you do, please consider rating the recipe using stars in comments. I love hearing from you and your ratings help more people discover these recipes. Thank You.

Love – Vaishali.


  1. Ivan Jose

    May 22, 2019 at 9:01 am

    I love cauliflower! This seems like a tasty twist to regular steamed or sauteed cauliflower.

  2. Ashli Ferguson

    May 22, 2019 at 9:26 am

    This looks delicious!! I have to have a late lunch today and I’m starving haha this did not help!! I want it!

  3. Tracy Albiero

    May 22, 2019 at 10:03 am

    I want to try this. I am on a cauliflower kick lately and this would be great. I probably would not make it as a side dish. I would want to eat the whole thing!

  4. Ashley K.

    May 22, 2019 at 11:34 am

    I love using cauliflower in recipes or as the main course. There’s so much you can do with it. This sounds really good. I’ll have to give it a try!

  5. Shnooks

    May 22, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    5 stars
    Yun that plate look delicious 😍 and you made the recipe really easy 😙 I will definitely give it a try ❤

  6. Rachel Asuras

    May 22, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    I need to try this ASAP! Looks delicious!

  7. Pool Operator Talk

    May 22, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Seriously!!! Everything you post looks amazing!

  8. The Crumby Vegan

    May 23, 2019 at 6:51 am

    So fab that you’re combining vegan dishes with the keto diet. I don’t think anyone on a keto diet would be able to eat the bread though. Looks yummy regardless! 💚

    1. Vaishali

      May 23, 2019 at 11:23 am

      Thanks. Yes, the bread is what I served the dish with, but if you are on a keto diet, it is no-no.

  9. Luna S

    May 23, 2019 at 9:34 am

    I am always looking for healthier ways of cooking, this looks like it would be so delicious.

  10. cendu

    May 23, 2019 at 10:20 am

    wow! love this! such a creative way to eat healthy! i def wanna try this. saving it for later 🙂

  11. Thuy

    May 24, 2019 at 8:09 am

    I’m going to share this recipe with my keto friends! So yummy!

    1. Vaishali

      June 1, 2019 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks Thuy. My keto and vegan friends enjoy this alike!

  12. Simerbir Singh

    May 24, 2019 at 11:39 am

    I haven’t even heard about this . You are such a great cook.

  13. Hackytips

    May 24, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Yum, I’m going to try this. I like cauliflower recipes.

  14. ara patria

    May 24, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Wow! To be honest, I really got hungry while reading this article. Thanks for your sharing this! I’d love to go do this recipe in the future.

    1. Vaishali

      June 1, 2019 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks for your appreciation Ara!

  15. Jennifer

    May 26, 2019 at 5:43 am

    That cauliflower rice looks so good. The tumeric is good for you too!

    1. Vaishali

      June 1, 2019 at 11:07 pm

      It sure is. A great and easy way to add medicinal properties to your food.

  16. blair villanueva

    May 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    5 stars
    I’ll give 5-stars to your turmeric cauliflower rice because I love rice and cauliflower! This is delicious!

    1. Vaishali

      June 1, 2019 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you so much Blair!

  17. Elizabeth O

    May 31, 2019 at 6:22 am

    5 stars
    This looks both healthy and tasty. I love the ingredients you used and will try making it at home.

    1. Vaishali

      June 1, 2019 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks! Please let me know if you like it.

  18. Carrie B

    June 18, 2019 at 9:36 am

    This recipe sounds really good! I’m excited to try it 😀

    1. Vaishali

      June 18, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks Carrie. Please let me know if you like it!

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