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Puy Lentil Salad with Grilled Halloumi Steaks

Puy Lentil Salad with Grilled Halloumi Steaks

Puy Lentil Salad with Grilled Halloumi Steaks, complete wellness in a bowl is what I call this magical recipe! An ensemble of fresh ingredients, mostly straight from your kitchen and topped with a tangy and minty yogurt dressing, this is indeed a great comeback health food. Unlike its contemporaries, it’s a temperature controlled salad which is truly comforting to all your senses specially during these winter months and also doubles up a wholesome dinner option! Bon appetite friends!

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Servings 2 – 4 persons
Course Salad
Preparation Time 10 to 12 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour

Ingredients for the Salad

(1 cup=200 ml, 1 tbsp=15 ml)

1/2 cup Puy lentil or (black masoor dal)
1/2 cup Diced green cucumber (Lebanese variety preferably)
1/2 cup Roasted red capsicum, diced
1/2 cup Spring onions, chopped
1/2 cup Pomegranate kernels
2 stalks Celery chopped finely
2 nos. Green chilies finely chopped
1 – 2 tbsp Olive oil (for roasting purpose)

Ingredients for the Lentil Salad Dressing

(1 cup=200 ml, 1 tbsp=15 ml)

2 tbsp Red wine vinegar
2 tbsp Lemon juice (fresh)
3 – 4 tbsp Olive Oil
A few drops Tabasco
½ tsp Jeera powder
Salt to taste

Ingredients for the Halloumi Steaks

(1 cup=200 ml, 1 tbsp=15 ml)

200 gm Halloumi cheese (cut into rectangles)
2 tbsp Thick yogurt
1 tsp Tandoori masala
Salt to taste
1 tbspv Lemon juice
1 tsp Oil

Ingredients for the Green Goodness Dressing

(1 cup=200 ml, 1 tbsp=15 ml)

¼ cup Thick yogurt
½ cup Mint coriander garlic chutney

Instructions for the Puy Lentil Salad

1 Wash and soak lentils for one hour.  Then rinse.  Cook with salt and four cups of water in a vessel.  Do not cover.  Cook until lentils are tender but not mushy.  Drain the water and leave aside to cool.
2 Coat pepper with olive oil. Roast the red pepper on a slow flame.  Once it turns black, remove skin.  Dice the pepper into cubes.
3 Now add the roasted pepper, cucumber, green chilies, spring onions, celery and pomegranate to the cooked lentils.
4 Mix all ingredients for lentil salad dressing and mix it with the lentil mixture. Keep aside in fridge to cool for ½ hour to 1 hour.

Instructions for the Halloumi Steaks

1 Mix the yogurt, tandoori masala, lemon juice, salt and oil.
2 Marinate the halloumi steak for 10-15 minutes.
3 Grill on a grill pan until the edges turn brown.

Green Goodness Dressing

1 Mix the mint coriander garlic chutney along with thick curd.  Beat until smooth consistency.  Chill in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.

Assembling the Salad

1 Take out the salad in a bowl or plate.
2 Top with the halloumi steaks.
3 Drizzle the green goodness dressing on top (Do not use entire.  Just add the amount you require as per taste).

Note: You can substitute halloumi with paneer.


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