Halal Pantry

Pot Roast

Pot Roast | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

To make a pot roast, you will need a boneless cut of beef that’s commonly referred to as chuck roast, pot roast (top blade) or rump roast. Approximately 5 pounds will make a nice roast and serve 6-8 people (thinly sliced). I like to cook it slowly with vegetables like carrots, onions and potatoes in a Dutch oven, as this ... Read More »

Lamb Steaks

Lamb Steaks | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

Gorgeous lamb steaks are all I need to see to start thinking about what to do with them next- roast in the oven or lightly pan saute for an incredibly quick and easy weeknight meal or make it a little more special on the weekend and round them out with an elegant soup, salad and side of oven-roasted potatoes. The ... Read More »

Hen Eggs

Hen Eggs | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

Hen eggs, a.k.a. chicken eggs, are the most commonly consumed eggs in America, but not all eggs are the same. Depending on the type chickens and the way they are raised, quality can vary greatly.  Choose free range eggs whenever possible, as hens who are able to roam freely and forage in a natural habitat with exposure to natural sunshine ... Read More »

Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Ghee | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

Ghee, or clarified butter, is a wonderful healthy source of cooking fat. Commonly used in Indian and often in Middle Eastern cuisine, too, it’s making waves in American cooking, too, due to its high tolerance for heat and positive health benefits. Just be sure to purchase the best quality organic variety you can find. Resources Pure Indian Ghee Ziyad Brand ... Read More »

Cardamom

Cardamom | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

Cardamom is one of the most fragrant spices in the world and it’s popular in North African, Middle Eastern and Indian cooking. It’s used to spice rice, tea, and even salads. Break open the pod to release the fragrant seeds much like you would smash garlic- place a wide knife flat on top of the seed and smash down with ... Read More »

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

agar agar flakes on plate

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 »