Halloumi Shaslik

Halloumi Shaslik, a delightful and flavorful dish that features tandoor-marinated halloumi cheese, grilled with cubes of onion and peppers. A dish I was told about from Cafe Spice in London. Interesting vegan take! This recipe serves two people.

Ingredients

For the Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (use a plant-based yogurt for a vegan option)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

For the Skewers:

  • 200 grams halloumi cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes (use a vegan halloumi cheese substitute)
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Wooden or metal skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent burning)

Preparation

  1. Prepare the Marinade:
    • In a bowl, combine the plant-based yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, ginger-garlic paste, ground cumin, ground coriander, paprika, turmeric powder, garam masala, chili powder, and salt. Mix well until all ingredients are well incorporated.
    • Add the chopped fresh cilantro if using.
  2. Marinate the Halloumi and Vegetables:
    • Add the halloumi cubes, bell pepper pieces, and onion pieces to the marinade. Toss gently to coat all pieces evenly.
    • Cover the bowl and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, preferably 2-3 hours, to allow the flavors to meld.
  3. Assemble the Skewers:
    • Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
    • Thread the marinated halloumi, bell peppers, and onion pieces onto the skewers, alternating between the different vegetables and halloumi for a colorful presentation.
  4. Grill the Skewers:
    • Brush the grill grates with a bit of oil to prevent sticking.
    • Place the skewers on the preheated grill. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and slightly charred, and the halloumi is golden and crispy on the outside.
  5. Serve:
    • Remove the skewers from the grill and let them rest for a couple of minutes.
    • Serve the halloumi shaslik hot with a side of chutney, salad, or naan bread.
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