Turkish-Cypriot Cuisine
North Cyprus  

Halloumi (Hellim) cheese
Hellim cheese, or Halloumi, as it is also known, is the most unique of the Cypriot delicacies. 

It is full fat soft cheese made of whole goat's milk, salt and a hint of mint. 

You can buy packaged halloumi at a local Middle Eastern grocery.

  Serving suggestions:
Dice into small cubes for salads or serve with biscuits, cucumber or melon. It also makes a superb side dish, as well as fried or grilled topping.
Grilled Halloumi

Grilled Halloumi



1 halloumi (hellim) cheese -cut into thick slices


Sliced halloumis can be cooked under a hot oven, grill or on charcoal until it starts to melt and gets slightly brown. Or it can alternatively be fried in hot oil or butter. Serve with a slice of lemon.

  • Vegetarian dishes have been marked with sign
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  • Salaman, R., (1991), The Cooking of Greece and Turkey, Sainsbury Cookbooks, London.
  • Jemal, H., Cyprus Today, various.

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