Cooking & Baking

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 »

How to Store & Preserve Olive Oil Properly

Olive oil is a staple in my house. I use it for everything from salads to cooking (lightly, not deep frying or anything intense like that). I don’t use one particular brand all the time because I like to try different things, but there is a method I like to use to keep it fresher longer and to make sure ... Read More »

Baked Salmon with Dill & Thyme Recipe + Tips for Cooking Salmon

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Salmon is one of the easiest types of fish to make on a regular basis. It’s thick texture stays together nicely when cooking, so whether you’re frying, grilling or baking it, it tends to stay together really well.  This is great news for novice cooks or those who are a little intimidated to cook fish at all.  And winter is ... Read More »

Three Quick Baking Tips for Cocoa Lovers

Three Quick Tips for Cocoa Lovers | My Halal Kitchen

I absolutely love sharing tips with readers. It is so enjoyable to pass on things I’ve learned from doing or things that have been passed down to me by those who were willing to share culinary knowledge, which I believe is incredibly valuable to any home cook.  When I’m in the process of doing something, it’s exceptionally enjoyable to share ... Read More »

How to Remove Seeds From a Pomegranate + Make Pomegranate Punch

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It seems as though pomegranate juice has been all the rage for several years, although it may now be surpassed by the marketing of the benefits of the acai berry.  I hope these unique fruits aren’t forgotten any time soon because they’re absolutely delicious and so beneficial to health, as they are full antioxidants and excellent for heart health. They ... Read More »