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Fried Halloumi with Roast Carrot and Chickpea Couscous

  • Author: Elizabeth Chloe
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian


This vegetarian dinner recipe is filled with crispy, fried halloumi, roast carrots, chickpeas and giant couscous, then flavoured with orange and cumin. It is a hearty, nutritious meal that is full of flavour and a great weeknight dinner recipe!



  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 3 teaspooncumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 400 gram tin chickpeas
  • 100 grams cavolo nero or kale, sliced
  • Juice & zest of 1 orange
  • 100 grams Merchant Gourmet Wholewheat Giant Couscous or any type of pearl couscous
  • 250 milliliters water
  • 150 grams halloumi, sliced
  • 1 handful coriander, chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 180ºC.
  2. In a roasting dish mix the carrots with the cumin seeds, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread out evenly and roast for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven, add in the chickpeas and 1/2 the orange juice then pop back into the oven for a further 20 minutes.
  4. While the carrots and chickpeas are roasting, prepare the couscous:
    Over a medium heat warm a splash of oil in a saucepan. Toast the pearl couscous in the oil for 2-3 minutes until it begins to turn golden brown in colour. Add the water and orange zest to the saucepan and bring it to the boil, before reducing the heat to a simmer and half covering with a lid. Cook the couscous for 15-18 minutes, until the water has been absorbed and the couscous has softened.
  5. Add the cavolo nero or kale to the roasting dish alongside the carrots and chickpeas and roast for a further 5-8 minutes while you fry the halloumi.
  6. Heat a cast iron frying pan on a medium-high heat with a tablespoon of oil. Fry the halloumi for 1-2 minutes on each side until it develops a golden brown crust.
  7. To serve, mix the cooked couscous in with the roasted carrots, chickpeas and cavolo nero along with the remaining orange juice and the chopped coriander. Pop it all into big dishes with the halloumi on top and enjoy!


  • Halloumi, while super tasty, is very high in sodium. Slicing it thinly will make it go a little bit further.
  • You could also use the smaller grain Moroccan couscous in place of pearl couscous. Make sure to skip the toasting step and cook as per packet instructions.

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