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Mostaccioli: The Great Italian Party Dish

cheesy mostaccioli

Every family has a favorite party dish, regardless of cultural background or ethnic makeup or religious observance. I happen to think that every special occasion in my family should contain a very large pasta dish of some sort: lasagna, pasta with meatballs, eggplant Parmesan or mostaccioli, that oven baked pasta dish that is oh-so filling and warms up the house ... 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 Yvonne Maffei Published: July 17, 2013Yield: 4 cups (4 Servings)Prep: 15 minsA ... 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 »

Latvian Breakfast Buns

Latvian Breakfast Buns

This recipe was submitted to Our Global Table (Ummah Kitchen) by Maria Kovalova. I think they look amazing! Preparation time: approx. 1 hour Yields 10 buns Cook time: 15-25 minutes Ingredients 2 cups flour 1 egg 1 cup of lookwarm water 2 teaspoons dry yeast 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2-3 tablespoons ... 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 »

Arroz con Gandules | Puerto Rican Rice with Pigeon Peas

Puerto Rican, Rice, Arroz

I grew up eating arroz con gandules, that quintessential rice dish that every Puerto Rican family has their own version of making. Most of the time it was made con pollo, or with chicken, but it was also made vegetarian, too. My mom is an American-born Puerto Rican whose family was very traditional in their foodways so this dish was always at ... Read More »

Baked Salmon with Dill & Thyme Recipe + Tips for Cooking Salmon

baked-salmon

Salmon is one of the easiest types of fish to make on a regular basis. It’s thick texture stays together nicely when cooking, so whether you’re frying, grilling or baking it, it tends to stay together really well.  This is great news for novice cooks or those who are a little intimidated to cook fish at all.  And winter is ... Read More »

Holy Land Olives

oil

Recently, my husband re-connected with an old college friend he hadn’t seen in years. As it turns out, when they reconnected many of their mutual friends wanted to have a small reunion.  That led to a dinner invitation extended to not just the guys but their growing families, as well- and a very special take-home gift for me: olives from ... Read More »