By Cuisine

Roast Chicken with Couscous, Prunes, Apricots, Dates & Almonds

I guess this Ramadan proves that I’m drawn to Mediterranean and North African food as my go-to cuisine for the month. Not sure why, exactly, but it has so many bonuses, so why not?  The mixture of sweet and savory, the healthy and light fare offered, the aromatic spices used- yum, yum and more yum. So, yes, please. The original recipe ... Read More »

Harira, the Moroccan Soup for Ramadan

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There are so many delicious recipes coming out of the North African country of Morocco. Maybe I enjoy the cuisine so much because it not only combines what I really love the most- that mixture of Mediterranean with Middle Eastern flavors- but also because the country itself was the very first place I ever heard the call to prayer, or ... Read More »

Watermelon & Feta Salad

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I have been waiting to make this salad since the winter time. Watermelon is my favorite fruit, mainly because it hydrates the body as you eat it, perfect to eat during non-fasting hours in Ramadan, so during this time I eat it as much as possible and in as many ways as possible. Being a coffee drinker, it’s super important to stay ... Read More »

Beef Samosa Puff Pastries

Beef Samosa Puff Pastries | My Halal Kitchen

If you’ve never tasted keema, or that wonderfully spiced Indian-style ground beef, you’re totally missing out on some great flavor. Surely every family makes it a little different- even I have a few different versions, but for samosas I like to recreate a certain flavor. The first time I ever had it was at a suhoor in which I was ... Read More »

Two-Minute Quesadillas

Two Minute Quesadillas | My Halal Kitchen

No time for suhoor, but you need something hot in your tummy? These super-quick quesadillas are so easy to make- you may want to take out the hot sauce and fire-roasted chiles (peppers) if your stomach can’t handle the spice in the wee hours of the morning, though.  *White cheddar cheese is produced by Cabot and certified-halal by IFANCA. Two-minute ... Read More »

Summer Eggplant Soup

Summer Eggplant Soup | My Halal Kitchen

Do people ever question certain foods you like to eat or drink in the summer? Not the winter, but just the hot summer time. They might say things like,  ‘How can you eat that (insert said food/drink) when it’s so hot outside?”  No one ever really questions you when you have a big bowl of ice cream in the dead of winter, ... Read More »

Oven Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb

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 A few years ago when I catered my sister in law’s wedding rehearsal dinner, I discovered this type of lamb cut to be an essential part of entertaining on a grand scale. This leg of lamb doesn’t look too big, but at around 4 to 4.5 pounds, this cut can be grilled, roasted, slow cooked, or braised- then cut thinly ... Read More »

Carrot Purée as a Healthy Secret Ingredient

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I learned a really cool cooking idea many years ago that I’ve used over and over again to flavor soups, rice dishes and more. It’ll also help you use up that whole bag of carrots that’s going bad in your fridge right now. If you have kids, you can also use the same trick to slip into a whole host ... Read More »

Halal Korean Cuisine Made Delicious and Convenient

Beef Bulgogi by Saffron Road

When I first came to Chicago over thirteen ago, the last type of cuisine I ever thought I would fall in love with is Korean, not for any other reason than the fact that I had no idea there was such a large population of Koreans living in and around the city. The first way I found out was by ... Read More »

Chicken Pita Rolls with Hummus & Tabbouleh

Chicken Pita Rolls | My Halal Kitchen

I had no idea what a hit these pita rolls would be. They seemed so easy to make and with such a familiar taste to them, I didn’t even think they would be very interesting to other people. When I instagrammed making these several months ago, so many people were intrigued and wanted the recipe. I totally understand why now- ... Read More »