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Upside Down Recipe

Upside Down

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"A Middle Eastern cauliflower and rice dish."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place the cauliflower florets onto a baking sheet, and brush with olive oil. Bake in the preheated oven until beginning to brown, about 30 minutes. Set aside.
  3. While cauliflower is baking, place ground beef and onion into a large pot over medium heat, and cook and stir until the meat is browned, about 10 minutes. Break the meat apart into crumbles as it cooks. Remove from heat.
  4. In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil, and stir in the salt, black pepper, cumin, oregano, curry powder, and turmeric.
  5. Mix the cooked cauliflower and garlic into the ground beef and onion in the large pot, and stir in the white rice. Pour the spiced water into the pot over the rice, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cover the pot; cook until the rice is tender and the water has absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and allow to stand covered for 5 to 10 minutes to help dry out the rice.
  6. To serve, place a large serving platter on top of the uncovered pot, and flip to turn out the contents onto the platter.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 30, 2011

I did this with brown rice and frozen cauliflower and it came out really nice. With the brown rice you need a bit more water and the cook time is longer.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 27, 2011

I was kind of disappointed in this recipe. After reading reviews, I doubled up most of the spices, but it still tasted bland. I also needed to add more water, because the rice didn't fully cook and then burned on the bottom of the pan. It was okay, but not something I would make again.


16 Ratings

Aug 25, 2011

I used broccoli instead of the cauliflower, and no meat. The flavors go well together. To save time, I roasted the broccoli while the rice, onions, and spices were cooking, so I served the broccoli on top of the rice. This was somewhat colorful. Now, I can't wait to try it with cauliflower!

Sep 02, 2011

Just made this according to the recipe and everyone in the family liked it. I was worried when I did a "taste test" of the water with spices added, thinking it would be too spicy, but when added to the meat, cauliflower, and rice it comes out just fine. I might even increase the curry powder a little next time.

Sep 20, 2011

followed the recipe (did use the microwave to boil the spiced water) and i'm sold! i am no expert cook, but i enjoyed going past my comfort level with this recipe.... after five ingridients i get nervous! but this recipe was so much fun to make, and it turned out PERFECT, i'll be looking for more middle eastern dishes to try out.

Sep 07, 2011

I thought this was just ok. I doubled the spices and it was still a big bland for us.

Aug 28, 2011

Overall this recipe was pretty good, I loved being able to combine the cauliflower, beef and rice with a curried flavor. I halved the recipe and I don't know if that made the difference or not but it lacked the full flavor I was expecting. I will make this again but I think I will double most of the spices (especially the curry and tumeric!). I would also like to try this without the meat too - it would make a great vegetarian dish!

Nov 05, 2011

This was edible, but anything I'd make again. Too bland.


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  • Calories
  • 314 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43.3 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 34 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 8.8 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 2.9 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 14.6 g
  • 29%
  • Sodium
  • 352 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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