Buying Halal

The Story Behind Patchi Chocolates

Last year during Ramadan I introduced you to Patchi chocolates because I fell in love with their quality and taste. I had all but given up on ever finding the taste of real chocolate mixed with real nuts like hazelnuts, pistachio, and almonds that I grew up enjoying whenever someone in my family came to visit from Italy bearing gifts of ... Read More »

Chicken Rogan Josh with Potatoes, Peas and Cilantro

Rogan Josh is a north Indian curry dish that is typically served with lamb. The word rogan is Persian for oil and josh mans hot or heat (some also say it means passionate).  Despite the name or meaning, I’ve not ever had this dish at the multitude of Indian restaurants, weddings or gatherings that I’ve attended, and I thought I had tried just about ... Read More »

Myth #3: The Halal Slaughter is Barbaric

Some people have an issue with any meat that is ritually sacrificed or slaughtered; others have an issue with slaughtering any animals for food and regard it as barbaric. In Islam, while Muslims are not mandated to eat meat, they aren’t prohibited from it, either. Everything in balance is a key principle in Islam and there may be no other ... Read More »

Myth #2: Halal Food Isn’t Clean

The second notion to tackle in our series, Myths About Halal Food, is one that questions the cleanliness of halal foods (including the process of making it). my stewed zucchinin and tomato recipe Read More »

Saffron Road’s Example of Sustainable Business in the Halal Industry

In my quest to seek out ethically-sound businesses that also put out a quality halal product, I have come across a small handful I would recommend, mainly because the owners behind them are forthcoming about the origins of their ingredients and how they ensure what we’re buying is not mingled with any inhumane treatment of people, animal, or environment. Eco-halal, ... Read More »

What is Ethical Consumerism?

Ethical consumerism is a topic I’ve been frequently during my presentations on what it truly means to eat halal (what is permissible) and tayyib (wholesome, pure) and why we should put our money where our mouths—and our values—are.  Pesticide-free limes from Vista, CA sold at the weekly Carlsbad, CA farmers market (2011) Read More »

Myth #1: Halal Means ‘Hocus Pocus’

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This myth surprised me the most because it couldn’t be further from the truth. When I heard that some people actually believe that eating halal involves Muslims putting magic spells over food, I thought it was absurd for anyone to think it could be true–and then realized they weren’t kidding. delicious spices on halal meat- not magic dust… Read More »

Myths About Halal Food

Halal Meat (Cleveland, Ohio)

It’s not too often that I receive direct questions about what halal food is or what’s entailed in the processes that bring halal food to the table. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad thing, but I would hope that if people don’t understand it then they would look to credible sources to get a truthful and thorough explanation. ... Read More »

Madani Halal in Queens, NY

Some time ago I read an article on Grist that caught my eye because it mentioned the words halal and slaughterhouse. I read on to know what they would get into in article and what sort of bias it would have, if any. Much to my surprise, it was quite informative and let Imran Uddin, owner of Madani Halal slaughterhouse, do the talking and ... Read More »

Ahmad Adam, The Entrepreneur Behind Halal Chicken at Crescent Foods

Crescent Foods in a Chicagoland Grocery Store

Chances are, if you live somewhere in the U.S. and you seek out halal food then you’re already aware of Crescent Foods. If not, allow me to introduce you. Crescent Foods is a Chicago-based poultry company that is involved in the entire farm to fork process of their cage-free, antibiotic-free and beautifully-packaged halal chicken products. Read More »