Spiced chickpeas with halloumi

Spiced chickpeas with halloumi

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins

Easy

Serves 2
A simple satisfying vegetarian salad, warming for a winter's evening

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal471
  • fat30g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre10g
  • protein25g
  • salt4.63g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 chilli, deseeded and finely chopped, or half tsp chilli powder
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  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh root ginger
  • 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 200g bag baby spinach
  • 3 red peppers from a jar or deli counter
  • half 250g pack halloumi cheese, drained
  • juice 1 lemon
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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a pan, then gently fry the chilli and ginger for 1 min. Stir in chickpeas, spinach and peppers, then season. Cover, then cook gently for 3-4 mins, stirring occasionally, until the spinach has wilted and the chickpeas are warmed through.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick frying pan until piping hot. Cut the halloumi into 6 slices and quickly fry for 1-2 mins each side. Stir the lemon juice into the chickpeas and divide between two plates. Top with the halloumi and serve immediately.

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phil929
9th Aug, 2010
2.05
I made this today and loved the chick pea part but wasn't too keen on the halloumi part. I think I may have overcooked it though so maybe that was my fault.
loveontherun
3rd May, 2010
Super yummy! I swapped the spinach for fresh rocket (ruccola) as I already had some in the fridge. The peppery flavour of the rocket works well with the red peppers.
bubbington
1st Nov, 2009
5.05
A firm favourite although we are not vegatarians. Char grilled peppers can be expensive - we have used char grilled artichokes and courgettes which works well. For a main meal for 2 we use the whole pack of halloumi, sometimes with more spinach.
potatohead
22nd Oct, 2009
5.05
Great meal. Am non-vege but love this. Probably cook it mid-week once a fortnight as very quick and easy to prepare with great results!
foodie64mum
24th Mar, 2009
5.05
We loved the zingy, fresh tastes in this dish. It's a satisfying main meal, and very quick to make. We used the rest of the halloumi a few nights later in Nigella's delicious Double Potato and Halloumi Bake (the recipe is at http://www.nigella.com/recipe/recipe_detail.aspx?rid=267). Yum!
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mother_ship
8th May, 2008
I really love this recipe, I leave out the chilli so the kids will eat it and chargrill my own peppers. It's even more tasty if you can be bothered to cook your chickpeas from scratch as they have a much better texture.
hoodfood
20th Feb, 2008
4.05
Declared a success despite looking 'different' to my very traditional hubby. Will make again.
pam1pom
20th Jan, 2008
2.05
Cooked this as a light supper but probably better as a side dish, or part of a mezze. Flavours worked well but if you used all the lemon it might be a little overpowering, I reserved some of the lemon to serve it with lemon slices on the side.
lizzafezza
18th Jan, 2008
5.05
Delicious
stephsmum
16th Jan, 2008
5.05
I've made this twice and it is delicious! we had never had halloumi before and really enjoyed it. I used chargrilled antipasto peppers. This will become a firm family favorite.

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