Turmeric Cauliflower Fried Rice

I'm a huge fan of cauliflower rice, and this delicious turmeric cauliflower fried rice may be my favorite version yet. A great weeknight dinner!

Turmeric Cauliflower Fried Rice

Hello from Kyoto, Japan, where we’re currently on vacation and awake way too early and embracing the jet lag that has now made us morning people. I have to say, it’s kind of nice to start the day super early. Who knew one could accomplish so much in a day when you wake up at 5am?!

While I’m not giving up actual rice anytime soon, and certainly not while we’re in Japan, I love my cauliflower rice, and I especially love this turmeric-spiced cauliflower fried rice with creamy cardamom yogurt sauce. It checks all of those necessary weeknight-friendly recipe boxes: it’s easy to make, requires minimal ingredients, and its delicious flavor is more than the sum of its parts. I based this on a similar recipe from our cookbook (the Curried Cauliflower Rice), but this cauliflower fried rice uses all cauliflower rice instead of basmati rice, and its steps are a bit simplified.

Turmeric Cauliflower Fried Rice

To make this cauliflower fried rice, simply cook everything that’s in the photo above :). Season it well with curry powder, turmeric, and a squeeze of lime. Don’t skip the yogurt sauce, it’s my favorite part, especially when you serve this dish with naan bread for scooping and dipping.

I should add that while there are chopsticks in this photo, the fine cauliflower rice granules really work best with a fork!

Turmeric Cauliflower Fried Rice

4.8 from 13 reviews

Cauliflower Turmeric Rice

This Cauliflower Turmeric Fried Rice is a light & quick weeknight dinner. Though the rice is packed with flavor on its own, the cardamom yogurt sauce really kicks things up a notch here.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 3-4
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup yellow onion
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 1 small bunch broccolini, chopped, stems finely diced
  • ½ cup cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder, more if desired
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, plus lime slices for serving
  • 2 cups cauliflower rice
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • ¼ cup toasted cashews
  • red pepper flakes or hot sauce, as desired
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • naan bread, for serving
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
cardamom yogurt sauce:
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt*
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Make the cardamom yogurt: In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, lime juice, cardamom, salt, and black pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, diced broccolini stems, ¼ teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of freshly ground black pepper. Cook 5 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally. Add the broccolini florets and the chickpeas and cook 4 minutes or until the broccolini is tender but still bright green.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the curry powder and turmeric, and then the lime juice. Add the cauliflower rice and the scallions. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is warmed through and the scallions are softened. Season to taste and top with the cashews, red pepper flakes, and cilantro. Serve with scoops of the cardamom yogurt on top and the lime slices, naan bread, and hot sauce on the side.
*for a vegan option, coconut yogurt may work here if it's one that's not to sweet. The yogurt sauce really makes this dish, so I don't recommend skipping it!



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  1. Misha Bagga from theglitteratiaffair.wordpress.com

    Such a quick recipe ! Great Post 🙂 Keep Glittering, Love TGA by Misha <3

  2. I just bought a head of cauliflower, so perfect timing! We are going to Kyoto in mid-May so I’m really looking forward to any posts you make from Japan. Have a great trip!

  3. Gaby Dalkin

    Love the turmeric and cardamom flavors!!

  4. Gil

    This is a keeper. Have your book but this beats the “rice” version hands down.
    Thank you !

  5. The curried cauliflower rice is my favorite recipe in your cookbook. So I know I’ll love this version as well. Can’t wait to make it again, it’s been a while!

  6. Natalie Ellis

    Pinned it! It looks so light even with the rice. I love the way you combine many healthy ingredients, making the dish more delicious! 😋

  7. Lynn Miller

    This recipe is full of flavor and good ingredients. Everybody in the family loved it, including the kids. Yogurt sauce adds the perfect fat and flavor as do the cashews.

  8. Erin

    Super flavorful and delicious. I used broccoli because my grocery store didn’t have broccolini. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Edwina

    I love cauliflower rice, but I won’t be giving up rice either. This looks delicious with the tumeric, curry and lime. I can’t wait to try it. I love those flavors. I wish I was a morning person. I’ve tried before getting up at 5am but I never stick with it long enough to get over the first few days of tiredness.

  10. Ariasmith

    Wow, this cauliflower rice, looks so flavorful and easy, perfect for my late night dinner!Thanks for sharing delicious and tasty recipe.

  11. sabrina from newkitchenlife.com

    cauliflower has become one of my new staple ingredients (broccoli too so also appreciate that here) but it gets a little old when eating it raw, so appreciate this rice-ified version with a lot more flavor, nice!

  12. Susan

    This sounds yummy! I’m really not into cauliflower rice, because there is nothing wrong with real rice, but I’m definitely interested in trying this.

  13. Alison

    I made this recipe last night! While I was cooking, I was tasting and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not being I rarely cook with these types of spices. Once everything came together and ate it as a meal I loved it! I thinned out the yogurt sauce with a tablespoon or so of water.

    The cashews, lime, red pepper flakes, and cilantro really tie everything together. Great recipe! Excited to make it again 😀

  14. CJ

    made this last night and it was delicious! Yum!!

  15. Lana

    Just made this tonight and it was DELISH! I was skeptical because the cardamom yogurt was quite strong but it mellowed out in the fridge nicely. My spouse and I have moved to about 90% vegetarian meals and always love finding recipes that are fast, nutritious, and have tons of flavour. I also just recommended this to my Sugar Free Sisters group! Can’t wait to have the leftovers this weekend. Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Lana, I’m so glad you loved the recipe and the cardamom yogurt!

  16. Karen

    Forager cashew dairy-free yogurt is a good vegan option. Not sweet.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll give it a try!

    • Elle Dowdey

      How and where do you purchase this dairy free yogurt. I really want to try!

  17. Cate Barnett

    Please post lots of pics on your IG while in Japan! I’m going in March.

  18. Elle Dowdey

    So delightful, thank you for sharing healthy CHOICES my husbands food lifestyle has definitely improved and he has much more energy! Please continue to offer your tasteful menu meals. We love this food and the sauces are delicious ideas we would not have known to try, thank you so much

  19. Lily

    Made this for my best friend’s birthday. She is allergic to gluten and dairy so I used almond yogurt instead, it turned out amazing and she loved it!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you both loved it!

  20. Kay

    Hi, i have just started exante diet and have just bought some cauliflower rice for the first time. I am really looking forward to it as I’ve been told it’s delicious. Fingers crossed so i can have this instead of normal rice

  21. Megan

    Coconut yogurt (CoYO brand) was a great alternative! Dairy free due to breastfeeding as it upsets the babe. I have made it with the Greek Yogurt before and dare I say, I might like the coconut yogurt just as good, if not better?!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so happy to hear that you loved it with coconut yogurt, yay!

  22. Elizabeth

    This was one of the best recipes I have ever made. I was skeptical as I don’t always love recipes that have curry powder but this was wonderful. I added half a bell pepper and left out the scallions. I didn’t have cardamom so I made the yogurt dip with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of cloves as a substitute.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  23. Nora

    Absolutely delicious. Made with just a few minor substitutions to use ingredients we already had (regular broccoli chopped into small pieces, peanuts instead of cashews, nutmeg/cinnamon instead of cardamon in the sauce). It was so easy – a great one-pan dish – and the sauce added the perfect balance to the spices. Will be making again next week!

  24. Coastal

    The yogurt sauce is now a recipe in its own right… My dad made this recipe (with a lot of help from me XD ) to go with pan-seared salmon and the sauce was so good on both that I never want to have salmon without this sauce again.
    Pro tip 1 – Never try making cauliflower rice without a food processor. Next time I want to try making cauliflower like this but just chopped rather than grated XD
    Pro tip 2 – It works to roast cashews in the microwave!

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