We’ve packed extra flavour into this delicious dish by caramelising the halloumi in mango chutney. The sugar in the chutney loses its water content and starts to ‘brown’ which gives it a beautiful glossy texture and an amazing golden caramel flavour. We hope you enjoy!
Vegetable Stock Pot(ContainsCelery, Sulphites)
Mango Chutney 40g
Cut the onion in half through the root, peel and chop into roughly ½cm pieces. Remove the core from the red pepper, cut it in half then chop each half into three pieces. Pull the mint leaves off their stalks (discard the stalks) and roughly chop. Boil your kettle and pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees.
Put your onion in a large pan with a drizzle of oil on medium heat and cook for 5 mins until soft. Add the chermoula spice mix (use less if you’re not a fan of spice) and cook for 1 minute, before adding the freekeh and mixing together. Pour in the boiling water (amount specified in the ingredient list) and the vegetable stock pot (remember to check your ingredient list - you don’t need the whole thing!). Mix together to dissolve your stock pot and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, turn the heat to low, pop a lid on and leave to cook for 15 mins. Once the 15 mins are up, remove the pan from the heat and leave to rest for 5 mins.
In the meantime, drizzle a little oil on a baking tray and then add your pepper pieces (skin-side down). Drizzle over the balsamic vinegar, a pinch of salt and a grind of black pepper. Pop in your oven for 15-20 mins, until charred and soft, then remove from your oven.
Put another pan on medium heat. Take the pistachios out of their shells and pop them into the pan (no oil!) to toast for a couple of mins, then remove from the pan. Tip: Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn!
Cut the halloumi into slices about 1cm wide. Put the mango chutney into a small bowl. Put your (now empty) pan back on medium-high heat (no need to wash the pan!), with a drizzle of oil.
Smother both sides of one of your halloumi slices in a little mango chutney and then lay in the pan. Repeat for your other slices of halloumi. Cook for about 3 mins on each side, or until they are golden, then remove from the pan. If you have any mango chutney left, spread it on your halloumi after it has cooked, if not, don’t worry!
Fluff up your freekeh with a fork and mix in three-quarters of your mint as well as a small squeeze of lemon juice. Taste and add more lemon juice if you like things zesty!
Pop your freekeh into bowls and lay on your pepper and halloumi. Sprinkle over your pistachios and any remaining mint and enjoy!