Sabrina says: “This is my version of a taco, but with all the punch and vibrancy you would associate with Middle Eastern flavours. You can substitute the halloumi for Indian paneer or tofu. The flatbreads alone are incredibly moreish – you may never buy shop-bought flatbreads again!”

Makes 4


  • 2 x 250g blocks halloumi cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Greek-style yogurt
  • 5cm piece of fresh turmeric, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lime
  • good squeeze of lime juice
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 x recipe ‘Shaken’ Sweet Quick Pickled Onions (see below)
  • pul biber chilli flakes, to garnish
  • Maldon sea salt flakes and black pepper

For the flatbreads

  • 30g unsalted butter, melted
  • 175g plain flour
  • 100ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic granules
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the salsa

  • ½ small packet (about 15g) of fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • 4 preserved lemons, deseeded and very finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried barberries
  • 1 avocado, peeled, stoned and roughly diced
  • 2 teaspoons nigella seeds

For the harissa yogurt

  • 250g Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 heaped tablespoon rose harissa


Cut each block of halloumi into 4 thick, equal slices. Put the yogurt, grated turmeric, crushed garlic and lime zest into a bowl, add the lime juice and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Leave the halloumi slices to marinate while you’re making the flatbreads.

Put all the flatbread ingredients, except the oil, into a mixing bowl and mix until a firm dough has formed. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

To make the salsa, mix the ingredients together in a small bowl, season with salt and pepper and set aside.

To make the harissa yoghurt, mix the ingredients together in another bowl, season with salt and pepper, and chill until ready to serve.

When you’re ready to cook the flatbreads, preheat a large frying pan over a medium heat. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and roll out each piece into a thin round, about 25cm in diameter. Brush the hot pan with olive oil and cook the flatbreads, one at a time, for about 45–60 seconds on each side, or until lightly browned.

In the same frying pan, heat a drizzle of vegetable oil over a medium-high heat. Add the marinated halloumi slices and fry for about 1 minute on each side, or until nicely browned.

Divide the halloumi between the flatbreads and dollop a generous amount of the harissa yogurt on top. Add the salsa and some pickled onions, then sprinkle over some pul biber. Roll up and serve immediately.

Sabrina Ghayour’s ‘shaken’ sweet quick-pickled onions

Sabrina says: “I’m completely addicted to these onions and make them quite often, especially since they are ridiculously easy to prepare. Pile into cheese toasties or sandwiches, toss them into salads or serve with curries, stews and soups.”

Makes a small bowlful


  • 1 large red onion, halved and very thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pul biber chilli flakes
  • generous amount of Maldon sea salt flakes


Combine all the ingredients in a lidded plastic container. Close the lid tightly and shake vigorously for a couple of minutes until the onion slices soften, then serve. Keep refrigerated for up to 2 days in a sealed container.

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