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Halloumi Spicy Rice

Aaaah spicy Halloumi cheese….absolutely delicious …..I just love rice and love it even more when I spice it up.  

Haloumi Spicy Rice by Videhi Sivurusan

Preparation:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  30 minutes

Serves 4-6

1 ½ cups rice (basmati or rice parboil rice)

Ingredients for Special Sauce 🙂

15ml olive oil

½ large onion finely chopped (approximately ½ cup)

8-10 dry red chillies

5 cloves garlic roughly chopped

⅓ cup finely chopped red capsicum

1 tsp coriander powder

½ tsp cumin powder

¼ tsp fennel seeds

1 tsp dried oregano

½ tsp freshly ground black peppercorns

1 tsp salt

½ tsp brown sugar

1 ½ cups water

45ml grape vinegar

Vegetable Ingredients

1 tbsp 15ml olive oil

1 small red onion cut into quarters

1 cup carrots sliced

1 cup small brinjal/aubergines sliced (I used the small thin longish ones)

1 cup courgettes sliced

1 medium red pepper/capsicum cut into squares

250g halloumi cheese cut into 3x4cm

Salt as required

Handful of fresh coriander finely chopped

Let’s Cook 🙂

  • Cook rice as per instruction on packet.  Cool and keep aside.
  • Keep aside
  • Once mixture has cooled down significantly use a hand blender or food processor to grind until it forms a nice smooth sauce
  • Then add water and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook until mixture reduces to almost half the quantity – 8-10.  Turn off heat and let it cool down slightly.  (while this is happening prepare veg for cooking)
  • Toss in capsicum, coriander powder, cumin powder, fennel, oregano, black pepper and salt. Cook on medium heat until capsicum is softens – 5mins.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan. Add onion, chillies and garlic – cook until onions are soft and slightly golden brown 1-2minutes
  • In a wok or big pan – heat oil. Toss in onions, carrots, brinjals, courgettes and capsicum/red pepper – cook for 5 minutes until vegetable is cooked but still has a crunch.
  • Toss in halloumi and cook for a minute or two. (alternatively you can fry halloumi cheese separately adding it lastly to the dish)
  • Pour in sauce. Give it a good stir. Now lower heat – spoon in rice, if you can toss to incorporate sauce and veg evenly or gently mix with a fork.  Salt as required.
  • Mix in coriander leaves.
  • Serve immediately with a squeeze of lime and tomato & cucumber sambals….:-)

*Please take note that halloumi is salty so take heed when seasoning the dish with salt.


2 comments on “Halloumi Spicy Rice

  1. Lovely!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. videhisveggietable
    May 19, 2015

    Thank you Sivaji 🙂


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