Well... it's official, I'm turmeric obsessed. This fragrant golden spice is a nutritional powerhouse and has the most beautiful color. It has too many health benefits to count (and it's darn delicious too!), so I've really been having fun experimenting with new ways to use it. This dish is inspired by Golden Milk and has many of the same ingredients and flavors, albeit with a more savory spin.
Are you a turmeric lover too? The first turmeric-focused recipe on my blog was this Caramelized Lemon Turmeric Sauce; it's pure magic on roasted veggies. That was before my obsession had really begun though. More recently I've done this Turmeric Tahini Drizzle (we put it on EVERYTHING!) and this surprising Golden Granola (also inspired by Golden Milk). I even like to use turmeric as a food coloring in sweet recipes, like in my Superfood Vegan Unicorn Cheesecake Bites.
This dish is so nicely balanced and it makes me happy! On the flavor front, there's a nice balance between delicate sweetness from pumpkin, lots of warming spices, and a very gentle heat from just a pinch of cayenne. I love this dish most when it has just barely detectable heat; in my opinion that keeps it more interesting than if it were overtly spicy. There's also a nice contrast between luscious flavors and fresh flavors, thanks especially to some fresh mint that you'll use to garnish the top of the dish.
The textures are well-balanced too! Farro is so delightfully hearty and chewy; it's just so satisfying. Drizzling the dish with some coconut cream adds a luxurious creamy texture, while garnishing with some cashews and sesame seeds adds crunch. A few sliced dates adds a chewiness that mimics the farro.
Overall, this Golden Farro is a symphony of different flavors and textures that all work so well together.
This is a versatile dish that I find myself coming back to again and again, mostly because it can be so many things. Because farro is so hearty (and has a lot of protein too!), it can easily serve as a main course. Feel free to top it with crispy roasted chick peas for even more protein. It's also a wonderful side, especially accompanying dishes with a Middle Eastern flavor profile. You'll see in the suggested pairings below that we love this one alongside a menu with other Middle Eastern ingredients like za'atar or other warming spices.
Want to know the best news? This recipe makes a big batch! As written, it will serve 2-3 as a main dish and twice that or more as a side. If you have a large enough skillet, you can double the recipe. It keeps great in the fridge for a few days, so don't hesitate to make enough so that you have leftovers; they're perfect for a busy week! If you reheat leftovers, add another dash of coconut milk to help bring everything back together and make the farro creamy again.
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
Finally, I want to say a big thank you to my husband Dave for suggesting this recipe! One day last winter we were on a long (very long) hike on Kaua'i, discussing our love for turmeric and in particular for the Golden Milk from Kaua'i Juice Co. We were brainstorming recipes that could stem from Golden Milk. I came up with granola (which turned into my Golden Granola) and Dave suggested farro. So he deserves full credit for this golden beauty!
My love for this farro is enormous. It's my everything! Whether you enjoy it as a main course or a side dish, during winter or during summer, with just a tiny bit of heat or a lot, I'm confident you'll love this one as much as we do.
It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.
Your favorite roasted veggies with this Caramelized Lemon Turmeric Sauce
This hearty farro dish is like a cozy hug. Inspired by Golden Milk, this farro is loaded with nourishing turmeric and other warming spices, plus a very delicate heat. It's a comfort food dream!
I love to create colorful, veggie-filled, seasonal dishes that celebrate the beauty and diversity of plants. Take a look around at all my favorite recipes, there's so much to explore here!