Oh, YUM !

Cooked this last night, having included another packet of fiendishly expensive Cyprus Halloumi in my Coles delivery order –

And btw, please note:

From experience I can say that anything else isn’t of necessity rubbish, but in general a bit less solid. Chacun (à) son goût. Including whether to use the preposition.

Two packets are a bit more than required, and I did have difficulty getting it all marinated .. should’ve left some out.    :\

Spiced haloumi pasta


  • 300g cooked short pasta (Too much, imnsho: I used 275g, and frankly it should be 250g. Penne lisce are my go-to short pasta.)
  • 400g haloumi
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 10 fresh curry leaves (I dropped in a number of dried ones)<*>
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 3 tbsps chopped parsley


  • Cut the haloumi into 1cm cubes. Toss it in 1 tbsp oil and all of the dry spices.
  • Heat the other tbsp oil in a large (and deep !) frypan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes or until softened.
  • Add the haloumi and curry leaves, and cook until haloumi is golden. (This is problematical, inasmuch as it’s just been tossed in turmeric .. I played it by ear)
  • Add the tomatoes and chilli flakes, then bring to the boil.
  • Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Stir in the pasta and cook until heated through.
  • Remove from the heat and stir through the parsley.
  • Divide among bowls and serve with mango chutney.

My change for next time will be to (1) add another half tin of tomatoes: were you to cook this exactly as listed, definitely use TWO cans ! – and, almost more importantly, to (2) use a bigger bloody pan !!!

I was amazed at how delicious this recipe is ! Throughout the evening, in fact, I kept hoping that Boodie would get off my lap so that I could return to the scene of the crime, the pan of .. THIS STUFF, and have another forkful.

Alas that I have no idea how it’s going to re-heat: I think I’ll have to add some evoo and stir it in well. But in spite of reducing the amount of pasta – thank heavens ! – and of having nibbled at it several times, I have another three meals in storage thinggies in the fridge.

BIG success !   :)

Update !

It reheated in the microwave brilliantly: I didn’t even need to stir it ! Must’ve been the spiced oil, of course .. D’ohhh ..

Now only two meals left.



<*>I must find out how to grow a curry leaf plant !