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Sticky Cauliflower Rice?

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Created October 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I want to make my girlfriend her fav dessert dish which is a Thai sweet sticky conconut sauce rice dish. The sauce I can sweeten with liquid stevia which I am not worried about, its the sticky rice I am. I was planning on using a cauliflower rice and hoping to use some kind of binding agent in the sauce to give the stickiness.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on October 20, 2012
at 03:21 AM

I agree! Rice is one of the only things that gives me a straight up sugar high - other sugary carbs (like eating a ton of grapes) will make me sleepy, but nothing gives me the crash and burn like rice if I am not used to it.

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on October 20, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Glutinous rice w/curry was my first 'cheat' meal after months of very low-carb ketosis. I was hit with a very unpleasant experience about an hour later. A blood sugar of 46. Hypoglycemia. I can eat it with impunity now that I'm not in ketosis anymore, so just be careful if you're in ketosis.

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on October 19, 2012
at 10:14 PM

Sorry, but I'm not a fan of cauliflower ANYTHING. That sounds really gross, IMO. Stick with rice and eschew the stevia.

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on October 19, 2012
at 09:20 PM

As far as treats go, it's not too offensive! I love it, sweet or not.

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on October 19, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Alright thanks! Ill chalk this up to the occasional treat!

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on October 19, 2012
at 06:48 PM

I'm tempted to say chalk this one up to a worthwhile cheat. The combination of sticky rice, coconut milk and sugar act together both texturally and for flavor, it is a miracle of chemistry. The combination of cauliflower and stevia to me, even if the texture could be matched would taste odd and possibly bitter. I've had cauliflower pizza crust and pizza sauce with a bit of stevia in it, and I don't think I'll be trying that again.

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on October 19, 2012
at 05:38 PM

I agree. While cauliflower works as a substitute because it looks and acts as a "rice vehicle" of sorts, you really couldn't replicate the sticky texture of glutinous rice with it. You would need something that can be very small and also can have a "slimy" texture. Almost like a root vegetable or a plantain??? Those are awful suggestions, but my point is cauliflower is more crisp.

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on October 19, 2012
at 05:34 PM

I don't think cauliflower would work at all. The rice used for sticky rice is specifically very starchy which helps it be sticky, and the delight of the dessert (for me) is mostly texture. Does she eat rice - do you? It is similar to the rice used for risotto (aborio rice) and is sold as "glutinous rice" (no gluten, just in the name).

Cauliflower's taste would also come through and possible be a little icky with the sweet coconut milk.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on October 19, 2012
at 05:38 PM

I agree. While cauliflower works as a substitute because it looks and acts as a "rice vehicle" of sorts, you really couldn't replicate the sticky texture of glutinous rice with it. You would need something that can be very small and also can have a "slimy" texture. Almost like a root vegetable or a plantain??? Those are awful suggestions, but my point is cauliflower is more crisp.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on October 19, 2012
at 09:20 PM

As far as treats go, it's not too offensive! I love it, sweet or not.

698db94d83dee10d6ada8cc0128d45fc

(1048)

on October 19, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Alright thanks! Ill chalk this up to the occasional treat!

B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

(837)

on October 20, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Glutinous rice w/curry was my first 'cheat' meal after months of very low-carb ketosis. I was hit with a very unpleasant experience about an hour later. A blood sugar of 46. Hypoglycemia. I can eat it with impunity now that I'm not in ketosis anymore, so just be careful if you're in ketosis.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on October 20, 2012
at 03:21 AM

I agree! Rice is one of the only things that gives me a straight up sugar high - other sugary carbs (like eating a ton of grapes) will make me sleepy, but nothing gives me the crash and burn like rice if I am not used to it.

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on October 19, 2012
at 06:46 PM

I think using the cauliflower will be a mistake. It will never have the right texture or taste. Unless there is a specific reason you can't use rice, I'd either use the rice or consider making a different dessert altogether. Rice is considered a "safe starch". IDK, I only have it once or twice a month max and if you are making a special dessert, then just use rice and enjoy it.

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on October 19, 2012
at 06:45 PM

You may be able to add something to make it sticky, but it is still going to be cauliflower. Do you think cauliflower is really going to taste good as the main component of a dessert dish?

If you pull this off, I'll nominate you for Chopped.

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on October 19, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Honey can be used to make it sticky and sweet (and you can leave out the stevia).

Also egg whites help bind, but leave a bit of a different texture.

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on October 19, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Based on this list (http://www.the-gi-diet.org/lowgifoods/), tapioca has a slightly lower GI than rice. Not ideal, but if you're into that sort of thing, tapioca could probably be a pretty decent substitution.

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on October 19, 2012
at 06:37 PM

Gelatin might set it up a bit more and give it a better mouth feel.

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