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Puy Lentils and Rice with Almonds and Halloumi (Vegetarian)

 Here’s a secret that maybe not all Rhyme & Ribbons readers have cottoned on to yet: it isn’t all cupcakes and cookies around here. In fact, during the average week, lots of our meals are vegetarian just because it’s super cost-effective. 

Also I had to take these dinner photos under the dreaded overhead lights. I can’t wait for the days of evening sun again. 
 lentils and halloumi
I forgot to take photos after the all-important drizzle of yogurt. But I’m sure you can imagine it. 

bowl of lentilshalloumi
Apologies to all my American readers for whom halloumi is outrageously priced. 

Puy Lentils and Rice with Almonds and Halloumi
Serves 6
3296 calories
382 g
140 g
151 g
120 g
41 g
1176 g
342 g
50 g
2 g
102 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3296
Calories from Fat 1305
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 151g
Saturated Fat 41g
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 23g
Monounsaturated Fat 79g
Cholesterol 140mg
Sodium 342mg
Total Carbohydrates 382g
Dietary Fiber 105g
Sugars 50g
Protein 120g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup basmati rice
  2. 50 g butter
  3. 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  4. 2 red onions, chopped
  5. 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  6. 3 teaspoons of cumin
  7. 3 teaspoons of ground coriander
  8. 400 g canned puy lentils
  9. 100 g blanched almonds, thinly sliced
  10. 1 tablespoon of honey
  11. 450 g halloumi, sliced
  12. 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  13. parsley (if desired)
  14. salt and pepper to taste
  15. 250 g greek yogurt
  1. Cook the rice as you usually would. Once it's ready, set it aside.
  2. While the rice is cooking, caramelise the onions in the butter. After about 10 minutes (the onions should be soft and brown), add in the garlic, cumin, coriander, and lentils. Stir all together and cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small pan, over low heat, lightly brown your sliced almonds. Once they are golden in colour, toss them with the tablespoon of honey.
  4. Then stir the rice into the lentil mix. Top with the almonds.
  5. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan, fry the halloumi about 2 minutes on each side and slice it up and add it into the rice and lentil mixture.
  6. Top with chopped parsley if desired.
  7. Drizzle with the greek yogurt.
  1. I think this rice-lentil mixture is on the dry side so the greek yogurt really pulls it all together.
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  • Well, I wish our meals looked as good as this – we’ve fallen into some pretty bad habits. Mmmmm halloumi!

  • Yum, this looks delicious! I love anything with halloumi! I can’t wait for lighter evenings when I still photograph in natural light too. xxx

    • No matter how much adjusting I do with the light balance on the camera, it still just doesn’t look as good. Bring on natural light! x

  • I really must try this halloumi, I have never heard of it before reading your blog!

    • It’s just this amazing Cypriot cheese that doesn’t really melt so you can grill or fry it. Basically it’s awesome! xx

  • oh yum yum yum – Halloumi is one of my favourite things in the world! Definitely need to try this (my list of recipes from your blog that I need to try is starting to get a bit long 😉 )

  • Funny that you forgot to take pics after the yoghurt drizzle. That always happens to me. The food starts to look so completely delicious that your blogger instincts fly out of the window and you’re a plain old hungry human again 😉

    • Yes, this is exactly what happened. I was snapping away and then I was like “I am SO hungry” and then destroyed the bowl… x

  • I adore halloumi! It’s the only reason I ever go into Nandos, I really should start just buying it myself. I don’t think I’ve ever tried puy lentils before so this looks like a good place to start. Are the calories for all 4 servings?

    Debbie x

    • Hi Debbie! Thanks for stopping by! I’ve just started using YumPrint as my recipe widget so I haven’t fully made up my mind about it, but I’m liking it so far! You comment made me realise an error as well. It’s actually a serving for 6 (It made enough for 4 plus leftovers for lunch the next day). Many apologies for that. So the calories are per serving. x

  • Thanks Lizzy! x

  • Oooh this looks delicious! I love halloumi but rarely ever buy it. Now that I think of it though, it would work great in my lunch time salads! 😀 xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • I definitley had to Google ‘what is Halloumi’. Found out it’s cheese. I’m SOLD 🙂

    • It is like the King of stackable cheeses! It doesn’t melt so you grill or fry it and it’s super salty…mmmm….. xx

  • I’m a huge lover of puy lentils and I think they add a slightly meaty quality when it comes to veggie dishes. We have a lot of veggie dishes too, and what I’ve started doing recently is keeping a bag of quorn in the freezer and adding a little to some veggie dishes. it’s really convincing once it is mixed into a sauce. But this sounds delicious and I’ll be giving it a go for dinner one night this week. Thanks Amanda!x

    • Sam is obsessed with lentils. Seriously. He always has some on hand. He makes this great harissa lentils dish that I adore! And thank you! Like I said, it this recipe has tons of flavor it just needs the yogurt drizzle to make it a tad less dry. xx

  • This sounds delicious. I hear you about vegetarian because much better on the budget!! I’ve never tried halloumi. What does it taste like, anything? You can translate that into: can I fool my boyfriend into thinking it’s chicken?

    Edit: I’m an idiot and didn’t realise it’s cheese. Oops. Definitely will try this!!!

    • No worries! It totally looks like chicken/tofu and in fact the first time I tried it I had no idea it was cheese! It doesn’t really melt so you can grill/fry it and it’s super salty. I don’t really know how to describe it but it’s great! xx

  • That looks delicious – I love eating vegetarian a few nights a week.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Delicious, thanks for sharing!

  • The vegetarian food is very good for our health. I try to refrain myself from eating too many cakes or cupcakes

  • halloumi isn’t something I have ever tried… in my inexperienced foodie head, it looks kind of like tofu. Which I know nothing about either.

    • Halloumi is this super salty (aka delicious) cheese that doesn’t really melt so you can grill or fry it. Ugh. It’s my favourite! xx

  • Ala

    Haha is halloumi really expensive in the states? That’s quite funny! mmmm halloumi! This looks SO delish and I’m totes with you on the cost effectiveness of finding protein in other ways than meat! x

    • Halloumi is stupidly expensive in the US. Like $10 for half the size of a block from Tesco. It’s nuts! xx

  • If I had access to halloumi, I would be making this in a heartbeat. Looks delicious!

    • I wish I could send you some halloumi because I think everyone should have access to it, 24-7. xx

  • I’m definitely going to give this one a go! Halloumi is one of those ingredients that I always love when I have it, but that just doesn’t seem to be very often 🙂 x

  • I am all over this recipe, it looks super yummy! I love halloumi so much! x

  • I really love halloumi! I wonder why it’s so expensive in the US?

  • I love halloumi but have never cooked with it before, so I think this recipe might be the one to start with! Thanks for sharing. x

    • Oh maybe I shouldn’t have shared it because now you’ll just fall into the spiral of wanting to eat halloumi all the time like I do! x

  • I absolutely love halloumi! I discovered it last year when a friend put it in the salad and it changed my life – we almost always cook vegetarian in our flat too and halloumi is definitely a weekly delicious thing. And I will have to try this recipe since it’s basically everything I love in one bowl!xx

    • Welcome to the halloumi club! It’s the best club! I eat it at least once a week! They only thing I’d say about this recipe is that I do really recommend the scoop of greek yogurt just because otherwise it can be a bit dry. x