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Lamb Kofta Kabob Pita Sandwiches

Ramadan has absolutely flown by- it’s been busy, peaceful, productive, serene, full of blessings and absolutely perfect this year. I just hope we’ve maximized our potential for rewards taking every opportunity to seek them throughout the month. Insha’Allah, I hope and pray the same for all of you. One of the biggest blessings we’ve had … Read more

Yvonne’s Harira Soup for Ramadan

There are so many delicious recipes coming out of the North African country of Morocco. Maybe I enjoy the cuisine so much because it not only combines what I really love the most- that mixture of Mediterranean with Middle Eastern flavors- but also because the country itself was the very first place I ever heard … Read more

Cardamom | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

Cardamom

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 … Read more

Zaffron | Halal Pantry Item | My Halal Kitchen

Zaffron

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 … Read more

Traveling Spices | My Halal Pantry

Traveling Spices

Travel. It’s one of my absolute favorite words.  It’s a word of action that implies adventure, change and the addition of spice to an otherwise mundane everyday life. Who doesn’t love the thrill of going to new places, not to mention trying new foods? Yes, that usually is the case for travel abroad, though things are changing dramatically on the American food scene, for the better. Still, travel by car along miles and miles of highway doesn’t do much for the palette, as the same types of bland foods are almost always the only choices. Not to mention, there’s always the issue of finding halal things to eat.

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Pumpkin Pie Not From a Can | My Halal Kitchen

Pumpkin Pie Not From a Can

I could eat Pumpkin Pie any time of year. It just so happens that because pumpkins are seasonal in the fall here in the Midwest, I truly crave this exact type of pie at this exact time of the year. I love the smell of fresh pumpkin so I began to steam small pie pumpkins myself, also known as sugar pumpkins. I steamed about three already this fall. (You can find my recipe for steamed pumpkin puree here).

With the freshly steamed pumpkins I made smoothies, soups and of course, pumpkin pie. It’s healthy and nutritious and the smell of it takes me back to my youth, when I never tired of fresh pies made by nearly every single family member this time of year.

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