Here is a simple Indian flavored warm rice salad, which can be a nutritious, tasty side or the main dish. To make, heat some coconut oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds (be careful, since they will sputter and pop) and just a tinge of asafoetida (skip if you don’t like its sulfurous taste). Add a pinch of turmeric and a little red chili powder (or paprika) to taste.
Next add cut cauliflower and shelled shrimps. Sauté for couple of minutes and then add green peas. Add previously cooked parboiled rice and again sauté for just a few minutes and cover for another couple of minutes. This dish is a great way to use up day or two old cooked white rice. Parboiled rice gives it the best texture and flavor, but you could use other types of white rice (particularly basmati rice). Also, brown rice may not lend as well to this flavor mix- but you can surely give that a try if you wish.
Flavor this salad mix with some garam masala (which is an Indian special hot spice mix- available in most Indian and Asian food stores). Garnish with finely chopped cilantro and cover the salad for a few minutes. The key is to allow these vegetables to cook but still be firm and just a bit crunchy (particularly cauliflowers).
Finally chop couple of tomatoes in large pieces and add to the hot salad. Don’t cook these tomatoes but let them “wilt” as they are added to the warm covered salad. Serve hot… will make for a very filing side dish or a delicious main dish.