In honor of World Diabetes Day, I present to you Cauliflower Jollof Rice. November 14, is when we celebrate World Diabetes day. Did you know that 40,815 people died in Nigeria due to diabetes, last year. When I saw a fellow food blogger (Afrolems) and a couple of other Nigerian Food bloggers putting together healthy recipes, I knew I had to join. Diabetes touches home for me, because my Grandfather passed away from complications from Diabetes, and my Mother has Diabetes, which puts me at double risk. So when coming up with a recipe I thought about what majority of Nigerians love to eat, rice. We love rice to the moon and back. Unfortunately rice is very high in carbs and sugar. So a great substitute would be Cauliflower rice. Still made the authentic way, with so much flavor, it’s hard to tell the difference.Topped with baked sardines and asparagus . Try this healthy recipe today. This recipe is also in honor of my late Grandfather Richard Onyemulukwe.
1 medium cauliflower
1/2 medium size red bell pepper
2 small tomatoes
thumb size piece of ginger
1/2 chopped medium yellow onion
1 -2 habanero
3 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tsp salt (adjust as needed)
2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp of curry powder
1 tsp Cameroonian pepper
2 tbsp of tomato paste
2 bay leaf
First blend the cauliflower in a food processor or blender into a chunky rice like texture (seen below).
Blend the tomatoes, red bell pepper, habaneros.
In a pan with coconut oil , begin to fry chopped onions and tomato paste until onions are translucent. (3-5 minutes medium- high heat)
Add in blended tomato/pepper mixture.
Add in all seasonings and bay leaf.
Continue to fry for the next 7- 12 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.
Add in cauliflower rice and stir. Lower heat to low continue to simmer for 4-7 minutes.