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Grilled Halloumi Cheese With Seared Green Tomatoes and Chickpea-Date Daal

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Ingredients

Spice Bundle

1 tablespoon ground coriander

2 teaspoons ground cumin

½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Daal

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 medium onions, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 fresh, hot green chili pepper, minced

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

Spice bundle

4 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

2 cups tomatoes

⅔ cup water

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped dates

To Assemble

1 pound halloumi cheese, portioned into 4 pieces

1 green tomato, sliced into 4 pieces

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Toasted pita bread

Fresh herbs of choice

Directions

For Spice Bundle

  1. Over low heat, toast all spices in a saucepan, then remove from heat and bundle together in a cheesecloth.

For Daal

  1. In a medium sized pot, add olive oil and sautée onions, garlic, chili, and ginger.
  2. Add spice bundle and rest of ingredients and simmer until thick, approximately 15 minutes.

To Assemble

  1. Heat a large skillet and add a small amount of olive oil.
  2. Season green tomato slices with salt and pepper and sear each slice for one minute per side. Set side on a paper towel.
  3. Heat another large skillet and add a small amount of olive oil.
  4. Sear each slice of cheese on each side until outside is golden brown and inside is soft and heated through. (This cheese is typically packaged in a brine, so there is no need for extra salt.)
  5. Divide daal into four bowls. In center of bowl, layer a slice of green tomato and halloumi cheese.
  6. Garnish with toasted pita bread and fresh herbs.
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