Cauliflower Kofta Pilau

For the cauliflower  koftas

500g cauliflower
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp  finely chopped coriander leaves

Spice paste (grind fine)

3 tbsp grated coconut
3cm ginger
5 cloves garlic
3 green chillies
2 red chillies 
2 tsp coriander seeds
5 cardamoms
3 cloves
1 tsp black peppercorns
3 sprigs curry leaves
3 tbsp fresh coriander leaves
1/2 cup / 125ml yoghurt

3 tbsp ghee
4 cloves garlic, with skin, slightly crushed
3 medium onions, sliced
500g basmati rice washed and drained
2 tsp salt
875ml water

To prepare the cauliflower koftas
  • Cut the cauliflower into big florets
  • steam them for 3 to 4minutes
  • when cool, mash the cauliflower
  • squeeze out excess water from the cauliflower
  • mix the rest of the ingredients needed for the koftas
  • mix well and shape into small balls
  • heat oil and deep fry the balls until golden brown
  • drain on absorbent paper
To prepare the rice

  • heat ghee over medium flame 
  • fry the garlic and onion slices until soft and golden brown
  • mix in the washed and drained basmati rice
  • add the spice paste, water and salt
  • cook over low heat until rice is cooked and the moisture absorbed, abt 20mins
  • use a fork to stir the rice
  • add koftas just before serving
Note: If you don't like yoghurt, replace it with evaporated milk and one small rock sugar