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Prep Scrambled Egg & Omelette Mixtures the Night Before Suhoor

scrambled eggs mix

Who doesn’t need to save extra time in the morning for Suhoor or breakfast on any regular day? Precious minutes add up quickly, so one of the easiest things you can do is prepare scrambled eggs the night before. To a bowl, add the amount of eggs desired plus any other ingredients. I like to add salt and pepper,  fresh ... Read More »

How to Ripen Fresh Barhi Dates

fresh barhi dates

During Ramadan, we all love our dates so much and typically lean towards the Medjool and Deglet Noor variety. Barhi dates such as those shown in the picture, are a special and very seasonal breed found available at many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean markets. This Ramadan, you may catch a glimpse of them and if you do, grab them and ... Read More »

Freeze Delicate Herbs in Olive Oil

preserve fresh herbs in olive oil

 Beautiful and fragrant fresh herbs like rosemary, and basil do well by preserving them in olive oil and freezing. Use an ice cube tray for this purpose. Wash and dry herbs thoroughly, as leaving them wet will result in soggy and discolored herbs. Fill an ice cube tray with about one teaspoon of freshly chopped herbs. Pour olive oil on ... Read More »

Lime Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

cut up chicken tenders

When I went to Irvine, CA last April for Sameer’s Eats Halal Food Tour, Lime Chicken Tacos was one of the recipes on the menu that I demonstrated. I made a quick tomatillo salsa (salsa verde) to go with it. Sameer got a try and so did a few fortunate halal foodies out there in the audience. It was so much fun- I need to dig out those ... Read More »

Your Peek at The Summer Ramadan Cooking Chicago Cookbook Tour (Video Trailer)

CookBook Tour 2013

I have FREE tour events going on this June- be sure to tell your friends, register and come to one near you! Read More »

The Link Between Sicilian and Arabic Cuisine

I love to learn about the history of food- how ingredients crossed the ocean traveled long distances along the Silk Road or made their way from one distant culture to another from empirical expansion or conquest. They are fascinating instances of cultural exchange and a fascination with new flavors, textures and the healing power of culinary delights that people have ... Read More »

Cholay: Indian Spiced Chickpea Curry

Spicy Indian dishes are a real treat to me. It’s food I crave, but don’t always make for myself. I don’t even seek out too many Indian restaurants (although I would love to). Instead, I learned most of what I know about Indian food from friends- in their kitchens, snooping around pots of curry, pans of biryani and asking a ... Read More »

Halal Food is Coming to Baltimore, Maryland at the Muslim Food Fest!

I can’t believe how many halal food festivals are popping up around the world and the country this summer- how exciting and fascinating for those who have never experienced halal food AND for those of us who seek out halal food as part of our daily food hunt! I recently learned about the Muslim FoodFest & Zabihah.com are hosting the DMV’s very ... Read More »

Corn, Mango and Chile Salad Cups

Corn mango and chili salad cups | My Halal Kitchen

I don’t know about you, but my time in the kitchen just keeps on getting shorter and shorter and my patience level for long, drawn out dishes and cooking is sort of unmentionable these days. I want fast, but delicious and healthy- unprocessed, non-GMO, organic, etc. etc. Not easy to do but once I find the right ingredients, it’s like ... Read More »

My Chicago Cookbook Tour for Ramadan Cooking

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I am so incredibly excited to announce that I’ll be touring the Chicagoland area to talk about the recipes in my cookbook, Summer Ramadan Cooking! I’ll be making stops at various locations to do cooking demos, talk tips on Ramadan preparation and planning and answer questions on cooking and baking for the most special month of the year. Admission  is free ... Read More »