Cooking & Baking

Substitutes for Alcohol in Cooking

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Although it may be debatable to some whether or not alcohol really does burn-off in cooking, the issue remains to be something many people simply leave to the scientific facts and then decide what they’ll do about it once they know more. Check out this alcohol burn-off chart for more info on that.  The MHK chart below shows some of my favorite ... Read More »

Substitutes for Pork in Cooking

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This is probably one of the most commonly asked questions related to halal cooking- how do you substitute pork in so many recipes where it’s a classic ingredient in other cuisines?  Well, throughout the site I hope you’ll see just how that’s done, but  for purposes of quick reference, you can take a look at this chart below. There’s a ... Read More »

Steaming Basics

Steaming Basics | My Halal Kitchen

Steaming is universally known as a healthy method of cooking because little fat, if any, is needed in the process. One of the oldest known methods of cooking, water vapor produced during steaming is even hotter than oven heat because steaming transfers heat so efficiently. It’s also one of the quickest cooking methods at our disposal. Two Types of Steaming ... Read More »

Oven Roasting to Perfection

Oven Roasting to Perfection | My Halal Kitchen

Larousse Gastronomique: The World’s Greatest Culinary Encyclopedia, defines roasting as “cooking meat, poultry, game or fish by exposing it to the heat of a naked flame or grill (spit-roasting) or to the radiant heat of an oven (oven-roasting).”  Sounds like something we all love to enjoy. There’s no doubt that roasting meats and vegetables brings them to a new taste ... Read More »

How to Poach Eggs and Other Foods

How to Poach Eggs and Other Foods | My Halal Kitchen

If you’re trying to avoid foods cooked in oil and want something a bit different from steamed foods, poaching is a great option, especially for a quick egg breakfast that is light and healthy without sacrificing flavor or a poached fish or meat dinner that will leave you enough room for dessert. To poach food means to submerge it partially ... Read More »

How to Perfectly Saute Any Food

How to Perfectly Saute Any Food | My Halal Kitchen

In the culinary-filled language of French, the word sauté literally means “to jump”.  That’s exactly what some foods do when heated in a pan, turning a beautiful shade of brown on the outside and cooking to perfection on the inside.  It’s a favored method of cooking for the resulting taste as well as the beautiful presentation appeal it has when served To ... Read More »

Braising: The Art of Embracing Slow Food, Good Fat, and a Healthy Cooking Method

Braising: The Art of Embracing Slow Food | My Halal Kitchen

Despite the popularity of fast food, the concept of slow food has recently made a comeback.  Thanks to those in the culinary world who encouraged folks to come back to the kitchen and the table to enjoy real food given the respect of time needed to cook, we’re seeing a resurgence of good-old fashioned cooking techniques like braising. Braising is ... Read More »

Basic Techniques for Summertime Grilling

Basic Techniques for Summertime Grilling | My Halal Kitchen

Indirect heat and distancing food from charcoal is technically called barbecuing, whereas grilling puts food right on the flame, giving it the flavor everyone seems to love so much. Following are a few basic tips and techniques to get grilling and keep going all summer long, insha’allah. Choose a Grill The first step to successful grilling is to choose the ... Read More »

Tips For Baking Perfectly Every Time

Baking Perfectly Every Time | My Halal Kitchen

Most people love to eat homemade baked goods, but if you aren’t the one making those goodies, the work involved in order to get things just right often goes unnoticed. Numerous factors affect baking results, so much so that books have been written on the subject and Pastry Chefs have studied the science behind every imaginable scenario For example, because ... Read More »

Agar-Agar: The Halal Alternative to Gelatin

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Agar Agar is a combination of sea-derived flakes that gels when combined with liquids, making it perfect for vegetarians and those concerned with eating halal since it’s an all-natural substitute for pork-derived gelatin and any other non-halal, non-dhabiha meat source of gelatin (which can also come from beef). Find each kind in health food stores, Asian stores, Indo-Pak stores and ... Read More »