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Halloumi Tikka Masala

Halloumi Tikka Masala

Halloumi Tikka Masala

Recipe By Michael Kimball, Savory Spice Test Kitchen


4 servings

Prep Time

20 Minutes

Cooking Time

1 Hours

Recipe By Michael Kimball, Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Unlock layers of flavor by toasting whole spices in this rich, silky, vegetarian curry.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with rice and naan bread.


4 Tbsp. ghee or unsalted butter, divided

1 yellow onion, sliced thin

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 (2-inch) knob ginger, peeled and minced

2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes

¼ cup honey

¼ cup lemon juice

1 (12 oz.) can tomato paste

1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 lb. halloumi cheese, sliced into thin planks

1 cup heavy cream

Fresh basil, to garnish

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Coriander Seeds

    Coriander Seeds can be used to season savory dishes, such as vegetables or masalas. However, these whole seeds can also be a great addition to swee...

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  • Cumin Seeds

    Cumin Seeds (or comino) are one of the most consumed spices in the world. Cumin is a key ingredient in many curry blends and chili powders. Add who...

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  • Garam Masala Blend

    Garam Masala is the most popular spice blend in India, and is often used as a finishing seasoning in Punjabi cuisine, just like how salt & pepp...

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  • Guajillo Chile Powder

    Our Guajillo Chile Powder is tangy & pleasantly sharp in flavor, making it the best guajillo powder to add to your soup, enchilada sauce or poz...

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  • Ground Turmeric Powder

    Ground Turmeric powder is made from a root in the ginger family and is used to add both color and flavor to most dishes when cooking. Turmeric powd...

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  • Mayan Sea Salt

    Mayan Sea Salt has a clean appearance and flavor but is also an interesting tie to the ancient Mayan way of life. Straight from the sea to your tab...

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Step 1: Toast

In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 Tbsp. ghee over medium heat. Add onion and stir frequently for 7 to 9 min. until soft and lightly caramelized. Add garlic, ginger, Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds, and Inner Cardamom Seeds. Sauté until toasted and fragrant, about 2 to 3 min. Remove from heat and add 1 Tbsp. Garam Masala, Guajillo Chile Powder, and Ground Turmeric. Stir for 20 to 30 seconds and transfer mixture to a blender.

Step 2: Blend

To the blender, also add 1 can tomatoes, honey, lemon juice, and Mayan Sea Salt. Blend for 60 seconds until smooth. 

Step 3: Simmer

Return Dutch oven to medium-high heat with remaining 2 Tbsp. ghee. Add tomato paste and remaining 1 can tomatoes. Cook, stirring often, for 2 to 3 min. Add chickpeas, bell pepper, and onion mixture from blender and stir until combined. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 30 min. to allow flavors to meld. 

Step 4: Grill

Preheat grill pan over high heat. Pat halloumi dry with a paper towel. Grill halloumi planks for 1 to 2 min. per side until they are slightly melty with defined grill marks. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into squares.

Step 5: Finish

Add heavy cream, remaining 1 Tbsp. Garam Masala, and grilled halloumi to Dutch oven. Stir until combined. Add additional Mayan Sea Salt to taste. If needed, add water, 1/4 cup at a time, to reach a flowing consistency. Garnish with fresh basil.