Cypriot halloumi bread

Hellimli Recipe; Try this Cypriot Halloumi Bread!

Hellimli is a traditional Cypriot delicacy that’s easy to make and full of flavor. With the right ingredients, this delicious treat can be ready to enjoy. In this article, readers will learn how to make a simple yet tasty halloumi bread recipe they can recreate at home. This recipe includes step-by-step instructions along with helpful tips to achieve the perfect texture and flavor. So grab your ingredients and get ready for an authentic taste of Cyprus!

What is Hellimli?

Hellimli ( or Halloumi bread) is a traditional bread popular in many parts of the world, especially in Cyprus and Greece. It is an essential part of the traditional Cypriot diet and has been around for centuries. Hellimli is made from a combination of flour, water, and salt and typically includes other ingredients such as sesame seeds or mint leaves. The dough is then shaped into round loaves before being cooked in the oven.

The result of this cooking method creates a crunchy crust on the outside with a soft and fluffy interior. This type of bread has become quite popular due to its delicious flavor, versatility, and ease of preparation. It can be topped with any number of favorite toppings such as cheese, olives, tomatoes, herbs, or even honey for sweetness.

hellimli recipe

How to Make Hellimli?


  • 1 and a half cups of all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tablespoons yeast 
  • 2 tablespoons dry mint 
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil 
  • ¼ cup sunflower oil 
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 finely chopped onion 
  • 1 pinch of salt 
  • 1 lb halloumi cheese
  • Sesame seeds as needed (optional)


Step One

To make a delicious Hellimli, pour the flour into the bowl along with 2 tablespoons of yeast, 1/4 glass of olive oil, and 1/4 glass of sunflower oil and knead for 3-5 minutes.

Note: When kneading the dough, always add a little oil to your hands to prevent the dough from sticking.

Step Two

When making the dough, make sure it is not too sticky or too dry. Add flour to the dough if it is sticky and water if it is too dry. When the dough is ready, cover it with a cloth and set it aside for 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

Step Three

preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), grease the baking pan and add the dough.

Step Four

Now, cube the halloumi cheese and add it to the dough. Chop the onion and mint and add to the other ingredients. Start kneading the dough until all the ingredients are well combined.

Note: Sprinkle sesame seeds on the Hellimli if you want.

Step Five

When the dough is ready, put the baking pan in the oven and bake until the surface is golden brown (around 1 hour).

How to Serve Hellimli?

When The Hallimli is ready, take it out of the oven and enjoy it! The bread can be served with toppings, such as cheese, olives, tomatoes, herbs, or honey for sweetness.

Do not forget to make this recipe and share it with us. If you also have any related questions about the Hellimli recipe, please do not hesitate to ask.

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