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Tamarind is a flavour used a lot in South Indian cooking, which is part of my flavour heritage. I love using those sour notes to off-set more modern dishes. This salad is spiced with jeera and dhania seeds as well, so this is a great twist on Indian flavours.

Serves 4


For the Butternut and Halloumi Skewers:

500g butternut, deseeded, peeled and cut into cubes

200g halloumi, cut into cubes

For the Marinade:

15ml (1 Tbsp) brown tamarind paste

5ml (1 tsp) cumin seeds, crushed

5ml (1 tsp) coriander seeds, crushed

30ml (2 Tbsp) sesame oil

1 garlic clove , crushed

Zest and juice

2 limes

1 Thai red chilli , finely chopped

15ml (1 Tbsp) light brown soft sugar

Salt to taste

For the Salad:

±20g fresh coriander, roughly chopped

±15g mint, finely chopped

180g 4-leaf salad bag 

For the Dressing:

30ml (2 Tbsp) avocado oil

15ml (1 Tbsp) red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper, to taste


For the Butternut and Halloumi Skewers:

Using 4 metal skewers, thread the butternut with the halloumi, making sure to alternate the ingredients.

For the Marinade:

Using a pestle and mortar, crush the seeds into a coarse mix and combine all the ingredients for the marinade together. Using a pastry brush, apply the marinade to the skewer.

Over a medium braai, place the skewers on for 25-30 minutes, until the butternut is tender and the halloumi has caramelised.

For the Dressing:

Combine all ingredients for the dressing and whisk until emulsified. Season to taste.

Lay the butternut and halloumi over the leaves and serve any extra marinade over the salad.

For the Salad:

Combine all salad ingredients, place the braai’ed skewers on the salad and dress with the quick dressing.

Meet the Chef: Kamini Pather

Kamini, pronounced like ‘harmony’ started her career in the food industry when she won the second season of MasterChef SA. Since then she has been the host of and an executive producer on her SAFTA winning food-travel show, Girl Eat World, broadcast locally on SABC 3 and the Food Network, as well as on Netflix North America. Since winning MasterChef SA, Kamini has won a few media wards which include an SA Style Award and as well as a Glamour Women of The Year Award.

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