Stupendous halloumi and veg tandoori kebabs with quinoa pilaf

halloumi veg tandoori kebabs

If you try one new dish this year make it this one, my current favourite recipe.  It is quick and tastes bloody gorgeous!  I ate the kebabs with pilaf, which is traditionally a spiced rice dish, but I made it with quinoa because it is probably the healthiest food on the planet.  Alternatively you could eat them in pitta bread with some salad and yoghurt.  The halloumi and veg need to sit in the tandoori marinade for atleast half an hour before cooking.  You will need approx eight skewers (disposable ones are available from supermarkets).

The recipe is based on one from Anjum Anand’s Indian Cooking Made Easy, which I would highly recommend.  The book makes you realise that it is possible to cook authentic Indian food, it is tailored to suit people buying ingredients from supermarkets in the UK and is packed with useful suggestions and information.  If you want to try another straightforward, gorgeous and authentic recipe click on this link for paneer tikka masala:  Otherwise, here is the tandoori kebab and pilaf recipe:

Ingredients (serves 4)

250g halloumi cheese, chopped in to bite sized chunks

1 large onion, cut in to chunks

1 courgette, cut in to chunks

1 red pepper, cut in to chunks

For the marinade

120g cream cheese e.g. philadelphia

Small thumb size piece ginger, very finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, crushed/finely chopped

1 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp ground cumin

Optional – 1/2 tsp ground cardamom or seeds of 4 cardamom pods, ground in a pestle and mortar

Salt and pepper

For the pilaf

1 tsp cumin seeds

160g quinoa or basmati rice

2 handfuls frozen peas

Large handful parsley, chopped

Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees/gas mark 5.

To make the kebabs, mix all the marinade ingredients together, add the halloumi cheese, onion, red pepper and courgette.  Mix it all up, cover and place in the fridge for atleast half an hour.  Put the marinated halloumi and veg on to skewers, place on a non-stick baking tray and cook in the oven until starting to go golden, approx 20 mins.  Turn 3 or 4 times to prevent burning.

To make the pilaf, fry the cumin seeds in some oil in a saucepan for one minute, then add the rice or quinoa.  Add double the water and the peas, and simmer and stir it until done.  Before serving add the parsley and season with salt and pepper.  Serve the pilaf with the kebabs on top, sliding them off the skewers first if you wish.


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