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Tandoori Cauliflower & Spinach Rice Pilaf

Tandoori Cauliflower & Spinach Rice Pilaf

with Mint Yoghurt & Pickled Cucumber

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Pilaf has to be one of our favourite ways to enjoy basmati rice, and roasting is our number-one way to cook cauliflower, so this dish is destined for greatness! We've added tandoori flavours, plus mint yoghurt and crunchy pistachios to seal the deal.

Allergens:MilkTree Nuts

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Total Time40 minutes
Cooking difficultyEasy
Serving amount
Ingredientsarrow down iconarrow down icon
Serving amount

2 clove


1 unit

brown onion

1 packet

basmati rice

(May be presentGluten, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Sesame, Milk, Soy)

1 packet


1 portion


1 packet

tandoori paste

1 packet

Greek-style yoghurt


1 unit


1 bunch


1 packet


(ContainsTree NutsMay be presentGluten, Peanuts, Sesame, Milk, Soy)

1 bag

baby spinach leaves

Not included in your delivery

olive oil

20 g



1.5 cup

water (for the rice)

¼ tsp


1 tbs

white wine vinegar

2.5 tbs

water (for the pickle)

Nutrition Values/ per serving
Nutrition Valuesarrow down iconarrow down icon
/ per serving
Energy (kJ)0 kJ
Energy (kJ)2690 kJ
Fat25 g
of which saturates8.4 g
Carbohydrate77.6 g
of which sugars26.1 g
Dietary Fibre0 g
Protein20.4 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium668 mg
Utensilsarrow down iconarrow down icon
Baking Paper
Baking Tray
Medium Non-Stick Pan
Medium Pan
Instructionsarrow up iconarrow up icon
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Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. Finely chop the garlic (or use a garlic press). Thinly slice the brown onion. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter with a dash of olive oil over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the basmati rice, water (for the rice), salt and currants and stir to combine. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook for 10 minutes, then remove from the heat and keep covered until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed, 10 minutes.

TIP: The rice will finish cooking in its own steam so don't peek!


While the rice is cooking, cut the cauliflower into small florets. In a medium bowl, combine the tandoori paste, yoghurt (1 tbs for 2 people / 2 tbs for 4 people), a generous pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Add the cauliflower and toss to coat. Place the tandoori cauliflower on an oven tray lined with baking paper and roast until tender, 20-25 minutes.


While the cauliflower is roasting, roughly chop the cucumber. In a medium bowl, add the white wine vinegar, the water (for the pickle) and a pinch of sugar and salt. Stir to dissolve, then add the cucumber. Toss to coat and set aside. TIP: Toss the cucumber occasionally to coat in the pickling liquid.


While the cucumber is pickling, pick the mint leaves and thinly slice. Roughly chop the pistachios. Heat a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the pistachios and toast, tossing, until golden, 3-4 minutes. In a small bowl, add the remaining yoghurt, 1/2 the mint and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine.


When the rice is cooked, add the baby spinach leaves to the saucepan and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Drain the pickled cucumber. Divide the spinach rice pilaf between bowls and top with the roasted tandoori cauliflower and pickled cucumber. Serve with the mint yoghurt. Garnish with the toasted pistachios and remaining mint.