Veggie Halloumi Bake


What You Need:
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 200 grams button mushrooms, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped small
  • 200 grams cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small yellow zucchini, sliced thinly
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, dried oregano, smoked paprika
  • ½ cup vegetarian stock
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 180 grams halloumi, sliced
  • Ask a parent or adult to help you with this recipe.
  • In an iron skillet (8 to 10 inches wide), heat 2 tablespoons olive oil on a medium flame. Add the garlic and fry for a few seconds, then add the onions and cook till lightly browned.
  • In a separate pan on medium heat, add the remaining olive oil and cook the zucchini and bell pepper till lightly browned.
  • Then add the mushrooms, chopped tomatoes and three-fourths of the cherry tomatoes. Cook till the tomatoes have softened and begun to release their juices. Then add the seasonings and stir well.
  • Add the stock and the cooked zucchini and bell pepper. Stir in the basil. Mix very well, then cover for 3 to 4 minutes until the liquid is bubbling and slightly thicker.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 220°C.
  • Place the halloumi slices on the cooked vegetables and add the rest of the cherry tomatoes on top.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the cheese is browned, the sauce has thickened further and the vegetables are sticking to the edges of the pan slightly. Remember that the mushrooms and tomatoes both release water as they bake, so the sauce will always be on the thinner side.
  • Let the skillet stand for 10 minutes, then sprinkle on more fresh basil and serve with crusty, extra toasty bread!
About the Chef:
Gayatri is a Mumbai-based food blogger who goes by the online persona of The Desserted Girl. She loves baking and her blog is a collection of approachable desserts and some savouries too. Most recipes are tailored to suit Indian ingredients, kitchens and weather. She firmly believes baking should not be intimidating and that there is nothing more fun than making your cake and eating it too! To learn how to make these delicacies and many more, follow her on Instagram @thedessertedgirl and