Cauliflower "Couscous"


A gluten-free and low-carb alternative to traditional wheat couscous, which can be eaten with your favorite North African meals.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
9 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
34 mins
4 servings


  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds

  • 2 dried rose buds

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon ground paprika

  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 small yellow onion, diced

  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and coriander seeds; cook, stirring occasionally, until toasted and fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Transfer cumin seeds and coriander seeds to a mortar; crush with a pestle. Add rose buds and crush to a powder. Mix in red pepper flakes and paprika with a spoon.

  3. Place cauliflower in a food processor; pulse into grains the size of rice.

  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in riced cauliflower until warmed through, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle cumin mixture evenly over cauliflower and stir to distribute evenly. Remove from heat and cover; let "couscous" steam for 5 minutes.

  5. Sprinkle cilantro over couscous. Fluff with a fork and drizzle extra-virgin olive oil on top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

100 Calories
6g Fat
10g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 100
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 45mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 69mg 344%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 497mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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