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Patchi Chocolate Giveaway: In Celebration Gold Gift Box

Patchi

This week’s giveaway from Patchi is the third out of four the chocolate company is generously offering My Halal Kitchen readers. How did they know we all love chocolate so much? Read More »

Keema (Indian-Spiced Minced Meat)

Keema

The first time I ever had Keema (that wonderful Indian-spiced ground beef dish) was during one of my very first Suhoor (pre-dawn) meals with family friends. I was invited to spend the weekend with them in Chicago during Ramadan. I had no idea whatsoever that people actually ate savory foods for a meal so early in the morning. Read More »

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings | My Halal Kitchen

One of my favorite summertime recipes is for Buffalo Wings. The first time I ever had them was way back in college- it was the late night food of choice with friends- we didn’t have a care in the world about eating spicy food at that hour, or any food at all for that matter. It was quick, easy, inexpensive, ... Read More »

Violet Rice Pudding Recipe & a Chance to Learn How to Make Chocolate From a Professional Chocolatier

Uzma Sharif is a Chicago-based chocolatier and owner of Chocolat Uzma, both an online shop and a brick and mortar one  in Chicago. I just love supporting women in business, and those running a specialty food business at that. Her chocolates are infused with the exotic aromas of South Asia and made so beautiful you need some time to enjoy them ... Read More »

Patchi’s Tassali Ramadan Variety Box Giveaway

Patchi is so generous to us- they’re giving away yet another box of their delicious {halal} chocolate variety boxes, this one is called the Tassali Ramadan Variety Box.  Read More »

6 Tips for Throwing a Kid-Friendly ‘Eid Party

Kid-Friendly Eid | My Halal Kitchen

I was introduced to Silver Envelope, the Islamic Stationary Company, several years ago and am so happy to see how much it has grown since. Their product line is bright and colorful, kid-friendly and something I like to have around at parties (particularly the decorative cupcake holders).  Creative Director and Founder, Raana Smith, brings us 6 Tips to Throw a ... Read More »

An Interview With Mina Harissa and a Moroccan Tagine Giveaway

Most people who love North African food are well aware of the flavor profile of harissa, that somewhat spicy {or hot} red chili pepper paste used as a condiment or dip in many Moroccan and Tunisian dishes. Those who are new to it are often really surprised about how much they love it since it’s actually quite versatile. I find ... Read More »

Summer Ramadan Cooking is Available Now!

Summer Ramadan Cooking e-book

Summer Ramadan Cooking: Recipes & Resources for Healthy Meals All Month Long is a 129-page book full of an introduction to the Rituals of eating during Ramadan, how the Ramadan kitchen functions and an overview of cooking for the Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and the Iftar (meal to break the fast) during this special month. At least 100 recipes for healthy drinks, ... Read More »

Pistachios and Walnuts: A Deeper Look at the Most Widely Used Nuts in Syrian and Middle Eastern Desserts

Nadia Hubbi of Sweet Pillar & Co. gives us her take on how two of the healthiest and most traditional nuts of the Middle East stack up in food history, health benefits and culinary use. It’s an interesting look at both walnuts and pistachios, some of the most widely-used nuts in traditional Middle Eastern cooking that are making big waves ... Read More »

5 Ways to Host an ‘Eidpalooza

I’m delighted to introduce you to a local Chicago woman who is doing some fabulous and unique things to help people celebrate   special occasions or take business branding ‘Up a Notch’. She ships her personalized party favors across the country in creative wrapping, and in this post Kiran Ansari offers tips on how to really bring life to ‘Eid ... Read More »