This halloumi sandwich is the perfect combination of crunchy and chewy. The sweet and spicy kasundi tastes amazing with the panko coated cheese for a filling vegetarian meal.
I've found ANOTHER new way to serve up halloumi! You guys know how much I love to force halloumi into every possible situation.
I've made halloumi curry, halloumi tacos, halloumi salad, halloumi wraps and baked halloumi to name a few. It's vying for pizza with my favourite food (speaking of which, halloumi pizza sounds AWESOME). And I have so many more halloumi recipes up my sleeve.
And now I've fried it and put it in a sandwich. I am extremely happy about this situation.
Have you guys had halloumi fries? They're crazy delicious and were the inspiration for this burger. I saw fried halloumi and thought, how can I eat more fried halloumi? And make it the star of the meal?
So here you just coat your chunky halloumi slices in flour, egg and panko then fry them in a couple of inches of oil until they're all golden brown and the inside is creamy and chewy.
Then sandwich it in a brioche bun with a smear of mayo and a big dollop of kasundi.
Why we love this halloumi sandwich:
- This sandwich is so much easier than you think and is totally doable for a weeknight dinner
- It's a great vegetarian dinner which still feels super filling and satisfying
- The kasundi really makes the sandwich, it's sweet and spicy and amazing!
Ingredients you need to make this panko halloumi burger with kasundi:
- Plain Flour
- Panko Breadcrumbs (use up extra on the top of this sausage and bean casserole)
- Vegetable Oil
- Brioche Buns (get extra and use them for these lamb burgers!)
- Chilli Flakes
- Smoked Paprika
- Mustard Seeds
- Curry Powder
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Malt Vinegar
- Brown Sugar
Now the kasundi, that's another thing. Kasundi is my new favourite condiment. I first tried it in a coffee shop near where I live, they do the most amazing breakfasts and the best coffee (if you're in South East London you need to go there, it's St David's in Forest Hill).
They do this bacon, egg and kasundi sandwich in a brioche bun and it is my all time favourite breakfast. I've been meaning to try making kasundi for ages and it works so well with this fried halloumi sandwich.
SO WHAT IS KASUNDI?
Kasundi is a rich, spiced, Indian sauce made with tomatoes and plenty of mustard seeds and garlic. It's also got a slight sweetness from the tomatoes and brown sugar which makes it such a good compliment to so many dishes. Serve it in a sandwich like it is here or with bacon and eggs for an amazing breakfast.
I think Kasundi is the perfect thing to go with rich foods like this halloumi. The spicy, mustardy flavour really helps to balance everything out and make it even more delicious.
Expert tips for making this recipe:
- Make sure your oil is nice and hot before you start. It should sizzle when you drop a panko crumb in there.
- We split a 250g block of halloumi for these sandwiches which is quite a big slab. If you want to reduce the amount of halloumi it would still work and would make for a slightly lighter sandwich.
- This recipe is only for 2 because it wouldn't work well for leftovers. The halloumi needs to be eaten straight away to taste its best. The kasundi, on the other hand, can definitely be made ahead and that will give the flavours time to develop so it'll taste even better!
If you're as in love with halloumi as I am then you need to head over to my complete guide to How to Cook Halloumi! It's got tips on how to grill, bake and fry it as well as plenty of recipes to try out and even some fun little facts about everyone's favourite cheese 🧀
Want more? Try these other sandwich recipes!
- Rainbow Vegetable Sandwich
- Spicy Tofu Sandwich with Pink Pickled Onions
- Caramelised Berry Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Breakfast Sandwich with Prosciutto & Watercress
- Korean Spicy Chicken Sandwiches
- Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwiches
Panko Halloumi Sandwich with Kasundi
- 250 g Halloumi cut lengthways in half
- 2 tablespoon Plain Flour
- 1 Egg beaten
- 50 g Panko Breadcrumbs
- Vegetable Oil for frying
- 2 Brioche Buns
For the Kasundi
- 3 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 2 teaspoon Ginger grated
- 3 cloves Garlic crushed
- 1 teaspoon Chilli Flakes
- 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric
- 2 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
- 2 teaspoon Curry Powder we used mild
- 250 g Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 400g tin Chopped Tomatoes
- 3 tablespoon Malt Vinegar
- 2 tablespoon Brown Sugar
To Make the Kasundi
- Heat the vegetable oil over a medium heat and add the ginger and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes then add the chilli flakes, smoked paprika, turmeric, mustard seeds and curry powder. Cook the spices for another 2 minutes then add the cherry tomatoes and cook until they're beginning to burst.
- Pour in the vinegar, chopped tomatoes, brown sugar and season with salt. Cook until all the cherry tomatoes have burst and the sauce has reduced to your preferred consistency.
To Make the Sandwiches
- Put the flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs into separate bowls. Coat the halloumi slices in flour then dip them in the egg. Shake off any excess then coat in the breadcrumbs.
- Place an inch and a half of vegetable oil in a small saucepan and heat to about 190°C. Fry the halloumi slices one at a time until browned on both sides, remove on to a paper towel lined plate. Split open the buns and spread the bottom half with mayonnaise and the top half with kasundi then put a halloumi slice in each bun.
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