Jamie’s halloumi & chickpea stew

Halloumi & Chickpea Stew
Halloumi & Chickpea Stew

“I’ve cut my hand Corrie!” Jamie screamed down the phone.
“Oh no! On what?”
“I slipped and fell on some glass”
“Oh my god! Are you okay?”
“Yeah… But I don’t think I’ll be able to do any washing up for a while…”
“Well it better be a bloody big cut!”
And it was. In fact it was super gross, poor Jamie. I actually didn’t mind doing the washing up for a while but I did miss his cooking, so I thought it would be nice to make one of his recipes, boy was I wrong! Not because his recipes aren’t delicious, but because my mad boyfriend is the worst backseat driver ever.
“Oh, you chop onions like that? Interesting”… “Don’t crush the garlic chop it!”… “Why are you using the big ring on the cooker, use that one”… “Oh just let me stir it, you’re doing it wrong”… “How many tablespoons of yogurt did you put in?… Corrie?… Corrie?… Corrie…”
“… You were only supposed to put in one… I’ll leave you to it.”

Halloumi & chickpea stew
Serves 2 / Hands on time 35 mins / Total time 35 mins /
V Gf 
1 tsp olive oil
225g vegetarian halloumi, cut into chunks
1 red onion, finely chopped
20 cherry tomatoes, halved
3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 red pepper, sliced
1 knob ginger, grated
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp chilli flakes
1 tbs tomato puree
250g passata
1 tsp brown sugar
1 can of chickpeas
4 handfuls of spinach
2 tbs of greek yogurt + extra for garnish
Large handful parsley, chopped
Bread to serve (optional)

1. In a large pot over a medium heat, cook the onion, tomatoes and roughly, a  quarter of the halloumi chunks in the oil, stirring continuously (if the mix starts to get a bit hot, add a dash of water to prevent it burning). This should take around 15 minutes.
2. Mix in the chopped garlic, red pepper, fresh ginger, cumin, smoked paprika, chilli flakes and cook for a further 5 minutes.
3. Add the tomato puree, passata, sugar, chickpeas and the rest of the halloumi chunks and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
4. Mix in 2 handfuls of spinach. Once wilted, add the other 2 handfuls and stir in the yogurt. Finally, stir in the chopped parsley and season with black pepper (halloumi is very salty so you don’t need to add extra salt). Serve immediately topped with a dollop of yogurt and buttered bread for dipping.

Above: Jamie Green not trusting me to cook his recipe.
Halloumi & Chickpea Stew
Halloumi & Chickpea Stew

If you’ve had a go at making any of my recipes, I’d love to hear from you. Follow me now @corrieheale and tag your recipe pictures using #corriesrabbitfood.


4 thoughts on “Jamie’s halloumi & chickpea stew

  1. That looks yummy,I want some now. I’m certainly going to have a bash at it.
    Though at the moment, I’ve only got hospital food to look forward to – yum (not)!!
    You know, if your blog ever gets turned into a book, you’ve got to keep your comments in – they are hilarious 😀

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      1. You can tell it was invented by a man, just bunging a whole halloumi in a stew is quite mental but SO delicious! Get that husband of yours to give it a go 🙂 xxxx


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