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Salted Caramel Macadamia Cheesecake + FREE Eid Printables

Sweets are the biggest hit during any Eid celebration. It is not ‘Eid until you have sweets and desserts on the table. In fact, every house we visit during Eid, will have delectable sweets/desserts served to their guests. It is definitely a day to celebrate the long days of fasting in Ramadan and indulge that sweet tooth a bit, if ... Read More »

Nahda Designs Jersey Cotton Scarf Giveaway

Nahda Designs Jersey Scarves

I don’t know about the next person, but I love jersey scarves. They are so soft and comfortable to wear that I even sometimes swap them as a wrap instead of a hijab (head covering).  Nowadays, they’re popular, too- even in the summer, but only if you find the all natural and breathable kind like Nahda Designs carries. I love all the variety of fun summer ... Read More »

Cilantro Chutney

Cilantro Chutney Recipe | My Halal Kitchen

One of the very first Indian dishes I ever tried were samosas and their corresponding chutneys- one sweet sauce made with tamarind and the other with cilantro. Often times when you visit an Indian restaurant, it’s one of the appetizers; it’s also a common trio to be served within the Indo-Pakistani community at Iftar time, or at the breaking of ... Read More »

Malaysian Nasi Lemak with Sambal Ikan Bilis (Coconut Milk Rice with Sambal Anchovies)

Nasi Lemak

At the very first Halal Food Tour by Sameer’s Eats that took place in Irvine, CA I met some of the most amazing and humble people who I liked the instant I met them. The night before the tour, Sameer invited all of the volunteers and myself to dinner at MAS Islamic Chinese Restaurant in Anaheim. I had no idea ... Read More »

Fruit Chaat

fruit-chaat-photoshop

The perfect starter to a Ramadan Iftar meal, this deliciously-spiced fruit salad recipe was submitted by reader Shazia Wahid. From experience, I know it tastes just as good as it looks and it’s the quintessential dish to appear at an Indo-Pakistani Iftar table during Ramadan.   Fruit ChaatBy Hammal Published: July 17, 2013Yield: 4 cups (4 Servings)Prep: 15 minsA traditional ... Read More »

Alcohol-Free Sangria

Alcohol-Free Sangria | My Halal Kitchen

One of the things I’ve been enjoying most about the summer has truly been all the Ramadan prep recipes I’ve been able to share throughout my cookbook tour, via Instagram and now on the website. It’s amazing how much food brings us all together and we can talk new ideas for healthy eating and living on such a worldwide basis. ... Read More »

Patchi’s Tassali Box Giveaway to Kickoff Ramadan 2013

tassali box

Take a look at this chocolate. Wouldn’t it make a nice hostess gift? Or a gift to yourself? Patch is giving away one Tassali Variety Box (560grams, 19.75 ounces), a once-a-year-only treat,  to a randomly-selected reader of My Halal Kitchen (see details below).  The box retails at $65.00. This gift box contains 45 pieces of Tassali chocolates–mouth watering Ramadan specialties that will ... Read More »

Lime Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

cut up chicken tenders

When I went to Irvine, CA last April for Sameer’s Eats Halal Food Tour, Lime Chicken Tacos was one of the recipes on the menu that I demonstrated. I made a quick tomatillo salsa (salsa verde) to go with it. Sameer got a try and so did a few fortunate halal foodies out there in the audience. It was so much fun- I need to dig out those ... Read More »

Silver Envelope + My Halal Kitchen = Sweet Dawah Kits for Ramadan, Eid and Islam

My Halal Kitchen for Silver Envelope Sweet Dawah Ramadan and Eid Cupcake and Cookie Kits

One of the most incredibly satisfying parts of my work this year has been a collaboration with the wonderfully creative founder of Silver Envelope, Raana Smith. She’s brilliant, has an eye for design and is a really nice person- and that’s what made this project so special. Raana and I worked together to combine our interests in food, beautiful packaging ... Read More »

5 Health Benefits of Fasting

Nour Zibdeh, MS RDN CLT, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Nourition private practice (link: www.nourition.com) in Northern Virginia. She specializes in digestive wellness, food sensitivities, weight management, heart disease, diabetes, migraines and headaches, fatigue, and fibromyalgia. Nour enjoys whipping up delicious meals for her family and friends. She shares her recipes and nutrition articles on her blog, helping her clients and readers eat healthier, one day at a time.

While fasting the month of Ramadan has a deeper purpose, in my world of nutrition, it has become a fashionable term with hopeful, yet questionable, merits. In research, ‘fasting’ means a variety of different things: fasting on alternating days, the 5:2 fast (600 calories during two fast days of the week and unlimited calories during the other five), 24-hour fasts, ... Read More »