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Cholay: Indian Spiced Chickpea Curry

Spicy Indian dishes are a real treat to me. It’s food I crave, but don’t always make for myself. I don’t even seek out too many Indian restaurants (although I would love to). Instead, I learned most of what I know about Indian food from friends- in their kitchens, snooping around pots of curry, pans of biryani and asking a ... Read More »

Corn, Mango and Chile Salad Cups

Corn mango and chili salad cups | My Halal Kitchen

I don’t know about you, but my time in the kitchen just keeps on getting shorter and shorter and my patience level for long, drawn out dishes and cooking is sort of unmentionable these days. I want fast, but delicious and healthy- unprocessed, non-GMO, organic, etc. etc. Not easy to do but once I find the right ingredients, it’s like ... Read More »

Sauteed Bananas Over Pound Cake: A Winning Recipe!

Sauteed Bananas Over Pound Cake | My Halal Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago, I was part of a Culinary Challenge at the Muslim Women’s Alliance Annual Celebration Luncheon where three Muslim women were honored for their service to humanity. Each gave heartfelt speeches about their work and really touched everyone who listened- there were lots of tears in the crowd, to say the least. One of the women receiving an ... Read More »

How to Force Winter Branches

I absolutely love bringing color indoors all year long, but in the winter it seems like more of a necessity than anything- to lift up the darkness outside (and how early it comes) and bring in a natural pop of color. It’s also fun to go out looking for branches to bring indoors and be surprised by the type of ... Read More »

10 Recipes for Halal Grub on Superbowl Sunday

Salsa

If there’s one thing I’ll take on Superbowl Sunday, it’s the fun of planning and executing the game-day menu. I’m not a fan of football, though. I don’t really know the rules of the game, despite being a cheerleader (which was a long time ago) and attending countless Friday night games during high school. Realistically, most of us girls were ... Read More »

15 Smart Things You Can Do to Avoid the Flu

15 Ways to Avoid the Flu | My Halal Kitchen

Everyone knows the flu is absolutely no fun. In fact, from what I’ve heard it’s absolutely horrible this year. Actually, there are several types of flu going around that are quite scary- one was more respiratory while the other was gastrointestinal. What’s really bad is that both came earlier than the normal flu season this year, indicating that there’s likely ... Read More »

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe: A Winter Necessity

Chicken Soup Recipe | My Halal Kitchen

The flu is hitting a lot of people hard right now. On the local news here in Chicago, we’ve been told that area hospital emergency rooms are swamped with people being treated for the flu- heavy coughing and sneezing that they just can’t shake off without medical attention. And flu season hasn’t even officially begun.   In our house, we’ve ... Read More »

Ramadan Recipes App is Now the My Halal Kitchen App!

My Halal Kitchen Recipes App for iPhone

It’s hard to believe it’s  almost been a year since we started working on the Ramadan Recipes app for iPhone and iPad. Batoul Apps, the super talented developers and technological brain behind the app, have done an amazing job to lay out the recipes I developed, tested and photographed. In the past year, we’ve been working on some updates, including the ... Read More »

Winter Salad with Cranberries & Nuts

Winter Salad with Cranberries | My Halal Kitchen

You might not think of salads as a winter time food, but actually this is one of my favorite times of year to enjoy them. Citrus is at its best in the winter, though it’s obviously not growing up here in the Midwest; it’s coming from wonderful groves in Florida, Arizona and California.  You can find fragrant meyer lemons, oranges ... Read More »

Savory Party Snack Mix

snack mix, party mix, nut mix,

Party season is well underway, whether you get into it or not. People are off work and ready to gather with family and friends to enjoy some great food. And almost everyone laments eating all that rich food and all those amazing cookies and other sweets that seem to find their way on your plate– even if that plate is ... Read More »