Cauliflower lemon rice with farro is a south Indian style dish that is spicy, tangy and so tasty. The light and fluffy cauliflower "rice" is paired with the chewy bite of farro, all wrapped in a lemony taste and aromatic spices.

Spicy Cauliflower Rice With Farro

Cauliflower "rice" with farro is spicy, tangy and so tasty. The light and fluffy cauliflower "rice" is paired with the chewy bite of farro, all wrapped in a lemony taste and aromatic spices.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Cauliflower Rice, farro recipes, Spicy Cauliflower Rice
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 cups
Calories 159kcal
Author Roxana Begum


  • 1/2 cup farro dry
  • 1/4 cup carrots (organic, shredded)
  • cups cauliflower (riced)
  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves
  • 2 to 3 red chilies dry
  • 3 teaspoons ginger (fresh, grated)
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons split peas yellow, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric ground
  • 1 tablespoon green chilies chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest grated
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes (dry, toasted - optional)
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro chopped
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak the yellow split peas in water and set aside.
  • Cook the farro in rice cooker with two to three times the volume in water. I used 1½ cups of water with salt as per taste. If using whole farro make sure to pre-soak it for 8 hours.
  • Shred the peeled carrots and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400 ºF.
  • Chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces and process it to a rice grain size. Spread it out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake it for about 10 to 12 minutes until the cauliflower is cooked but still firm.
    Indian Style Cauliflower Lemon Rice. Chop the cauliflower into small pieces before processing it into rice grain size.
  • Heat the peanut oil in a cooking pot. Add mustard seeds.
    Indian Style Cauliflower Lemon Rice. Some of the ingredients used for the recipe.
  • When the seeds start popping add the curry leaves and red chilies. Stir a few minutes. When the edges of the leaves start turning tan, add the ginger and stir 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Next add the peanuts and stir. When the peanuts are partially toasted, add the drained split peas and stir further until they turn a slight tan at the edges. (You may also roast the peanuts separately). Then stir the turmeric. 
    Indian Style Cauliflower Lemon Rice. The first step of seasoning the cauliflower lemon rice.
  • Add carrots and green chilies. Stir and allow the carrots to cook few minutes .
  • Next add lemon juice and lemon zest.
  • Add the baked cauliflower rice, farro, cilantro, toasted coconut flakes, salt and combine all the ingredients well.
    Indian Style Cauliflower Lemon Rice. Add the riced cauliflower to the seasoning.
  • Adjust the salt, lemon juice and other seasonings as per taste.
  • Serve the spicy cauliflower rice with hemp seed chutney for more plant protein. Or with yogurt.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg