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  • Zaffron

    Zaffron

    Zaffron, also known as azafran or osfer, are actually the threads of the safflower plant and serve a...

  • Sejouk (Spicy Sausage)

    Sejouk (Spicy Sausage)

    Sejouk (also known as sudjuk, sujuk, basterma or merguez) is a spicy version of sausage th...

  • Quail Eggs

    Quail Eggs

    Quail eggs are tiny eggs that can be cooked just like your average egg, although some chefs like to ...

  • Preserved Lemons

    Preserved Lemons

    If there’s one ingredient that says “Moroccan cooking” it’s preserved lemons...

  • Ostrich Eggs

    Ostrich Eggs

    Ostrich eggs might not even be on your radar as anything other than what you might see at a zoo, but...

  • Pot Roast

    Pot Roast

    To make a pot roast, you will need a boneless cut of beef that’s commonly referred to as chuck...

  • Lamb Steaks

    Lamb Steaks

    Gorgeous lamb steaks are all I need to see to start thinking about what to do with them next- roast ...

Pita Bread

Pita Bread | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

The ubiquitous bread of the Middle East and North Africa, pita bread has found a new home in America and the Middle East due to the introduction of it by the many immigrants who opened restaurants, groceries and ethnic markets, offering the freshly homemade bread that wraps mouth-watering shawarma and kebob sandwiches and selling the bread by the dozen in ... Read More »

Zaffron

Zaffron | Halal Pantry Item | My Halal Kitchen

Zaffron, also known as azafran or osfer, are actually the threads of the safflower plant and serve as a common alternative to the expensive threads of the crocus flower, saffron. It does not have the same flavor as saffron, but it will color foods in a similar way. You can typically find these threads in Mexican stores as well as Middle Eastern or ... Read More »

Pakistani Dundicuts (Hot Peppers)

Pakistani Dundicuts Halal Pantry Item My Halal Kitchen

I was pleasantly surprised to find these dried hot peppers at Penzey’s Spices in Cleveland near the famed West Side Market. I had never seen or heard of them before but was intrigued by their origin and the fact that they looked very much like many of the dried Mexican hot peppers I commonly find in the grocery markets all ... 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 »

What is a Halal Pantry?

Meals are quick and easy when you stock up on things that will supplement fresh meats and produce. Keep some of these items on hand to prepare everyday halal meals to create your own halal pantry.  If the item is highlighted, click on the link to see what the item looks like and how to use it. Related Pages: The ... 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 »

Baked Pita Chips

Baked Pita | My Halal Kitchen

If you’re having a party this ‘Eid (or any time), you’ll definitely want to make your own pita chips instead of buying them- they’re that easy {and quick} to make and are hearty enough to scoop up hummus or your favorite chip dip. Baked Pita Chips- homemade and healthy   Read More »

Pickling Dill

Pickling Dill | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

When it’s pickling season you’ll see this in many grocery stores and farmers markets. It’s meant to add to vegetables, typically after you’ve boiled the produce with vinegar and sugar and any other spices during the canning process. Just wash, dry and add a small amount of dill to each jar before sealing tight. Have you ever tried this type ... Read More »

Traveling Spices

Traveling Spices | My Halal Pantry

Travel. It’s one of my absolute favorite words.  It’s a word of action that implies adventure, change and the addition of spice to an otherwise mundane everyday life. Who doesn’t love the thrill of going to new places, not to mention trying new foods? Yes, that usually is the case for travel abroad, though things are changing dramatically on the American food ... Read More »

Fresh Turmeric: What it Looks Like and How to Use It

Fresh Turmeric | Halal Pantry | My Halal Kitchen

Most of us who venture into the world of Indian cooking (outside of India) are introduced to the spice turmeric in its bright yellow ground form as opposed to the fresh form which looks so similar to fresh ginger.  Turmeric gives a beautiful color to rice and meats and is a popular ingredient in curry dishes, different types of biryani and even American mustard. For this reason, it’s often ... Read More »