Microwave Spiced Cauliflower "Couscous" with Raisins and Coconut

Vitamin-rich cauliflower is the star of this easy and healthful side dish. No need to turn on the oven or stovetop because everything for[ this recipe is done in the microwave-including toasting the coconut! A mix of spices turns this everyday vegetable into an exotic "couscous" that pairs perfectly with beef and vegetable kebabs.]

Total Time:
35 min
20 min
15 min

4 servings

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 large head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), separated into 1-inch florets
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (not packed)
  • Spread the coconut out in an 8-inch square baking dish and microwave on high in 1-minute intervals, tossing in between, until the coconut is light golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the coconut to a small bowl and reserve. Wipe out the baking dish.

  • Trim the cauliflower florets, cutting away as much stem as possible and discarding. In 2 batches, break up the florets into a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles grains of couscous, until you have about 4 cups total. Put the cauliflower grains into the baking dish along with the ginger, coriander, cumin, turmeric, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Stir well, making sure that the cauliflower is coated in the spices. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Peel back the plastic wrap, being careful not to burn yourself with the steam, and check if the cauliflower is crisp-tender. If not, stir, cover again and cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Once the cauliflower couscous is cooked, fold in the raisins, the remaining tablespoon olive oil and half of the coconut. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and garnish with the cilantro and the remaining coconut. Serve immediately or at room temperature.

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