Fried pumpkin with halloumi cheese

Any other pumpkin and halloumi lovers out there? If so, you’ll love my recipe for fried pumpkin with halloumi cheese! This dinner recipe is easy to make and super tasty. The secret is that the pumpkin is fried in a baking pan and that I’ve added some Vadouvan spices to the pumpkin.

Vadouvan is an Indian spice blend and for sale at most supermarkets. It’s an Indian curry blend, derived from masala herbs. By adding the vadouvan while frying the pumpkin, you get very tasty and crispy pumpkin cubes.

I’ve served the pumpkin with fried halloumi. I mostly grill my halloumi in a grill pan, but if you use a baking pan and fry them they get crispy sides that are very tasty.

As the base for this dinner recipe I used rice. My boyfriend loves rice. He loves it more than he loves pasta. I’m always afraid that my dish is a bit boring if I use rice. But thanks to this fried vadouvan pumpkin, the dish has enough of a bite.

You can serve it like pictured, or add two tablespoons of Greek yogurt on each plate if you like having a condiment with your dish.

Recipe baked pumpkin with halloumi

Ingredients (for 2 people):
150 grams rice
400 grams pumpkin, cubed
100 grams halloumi cheese, sliced
1 tablespoon Vadouvan spice
1 (red) onion, finely cut
2 tablespoons cashews, coarsely chopped
Fresh coriander (cilantro), coarsley chopped

Prepare the rice as stated on the package.
Warm some olive oil in a baking pan on medium fire, add the pumpkin cubes. Stir occasionally. After 15 minutes, add the onion and vadouvan. Bake for 5 more minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of water and mix well.
In the meantime, warm some olive oil in another baking pan and fry the halloumi cheese shortly on all sides.
Serve the rice with the pumpkin and halloumi. Top with the cashews and coriander.

Got some halloumi cheese left? You can use it to make asparagus pappardelle with halloumi.

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