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Griddled or fried halloumi with watermelon salsa

This is an unusual dish, a very contemporary Greek dish. Halloumi is a cheese from Cyprus, made from sheep or goat milk, or a mix, this is a cooking cheese that is prized for its stringy nature and salty taste. Fortunately, we are now able to find this cheese quite easily in Bangalore, India and I love using it in both salads and appetizers.

This dish is a lovely contrast of flavours, the salty stringy cheese is offset by the sweet-spicy salsa. they come together as a riot on your palate. I loved this combination and this is going to be a staple on my table. You can make this into more of a salad by adding tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs like mint and basil.

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9 oz. halloumi cheese cut into 6 pieces

For the watermelon salsa:

2 cups watermelon, rind removed, seeded, and finely diced

2-3 spring onions, finely sliced

1/4-1/2 red chilli, minced

Salt, to taste

2 tablespoons cilantro, minced

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon honey

Mix all the ingredients for the salsa and allow the flavours to come together in the fridge for 1 hour at least.

To serve, heat a griddle pan or frying pan and fry the halloumi cheese till browned or streaked, about 1 minute on each side on a high flame. The cheese inside should be very soft and oozing.

Transfer to a platter or spoons. Top with the salsa and serve immediately. Encourage your guests to have this immediately so they can get the texture of the hot gooey cheese and the cold salsa.

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