A surprising and decadent twist on this popular Indian inspired dish! Halloumi is roasted and mixed into a butter masala sauce for a tasty vegetarian curry that everyone can agree on. This halloumi curry recipe is easy to make at home in just 30 minutes.
So lately, the Happy Veggie Kitchen approach to recipe brainstorming goes something like “find chicken recipe, replace with halloumi”… My regular readers may have noticed.
I am obsessed with this cheese. I promise to give you a break soon. But not today.
Halloumi Curry Though?
YES. No apologies.
This epic dish is my halloumi-fication of Butter Chicken. And another instance where we have a vegetarian version that ramps up the decadence factor instead of making it healthier.
Halloumi curry might seem like an odd choice, but paneer curries are my absolute favorite, and halloumi has similar grillable and non melting qualities, so I figured why not?
And yep, halloumi works really nicely in curry. In this recipe it is roasted with a dusting of garam masala before being stirred into the butter masala sauce.
I wondered if a halloumi curry would be too rich? Nah. It’s rich, for sure, but not too rich. Just on the right side of decadence for me.
Oh and guess what? Butter halloumi is super quick to make!
Another twenty minute curry for the collection. Because quick and easy curries are my new obsession.
I know that traditionally a curry should be prepared over a longer space of time to allow the flavors to develop perfectly, but thirty minutes is how long I have to make dinner on a given weeknight, and curries are one of my family’s favorite things to eat, and so I just have to make it work.
And it does work! Of course, with this and any other curry recipe you see here, if you have longer to let the sauce simmer, do!
If you are super organized and can make the sauce in advance, do!
But if you’re like me, horrible at planning and short on time in the moment, I’ve got you covered anyway. This is still going to taste great.
How to Make it
The workflow is quite nice. You’ll put on some rice while the oven pre heats, then sprinkle some garam masala over your halloumi and roast it while you get to work on the sauce.
To make the sauce, you’ll fry up some whole and ground spices, mix with tomato sauce and paste, then add lots of butter and cream at the end before mixing in that halloumi.
Dinner is done!
The sauce is based on Gordon’s Ramsey’s butter chicken, but I used a smidge less butter and cream. Feel free to correct that and add more butter and cream if you dare!