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Harira, the Moroccan Soup for Ramadan

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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 the call to prayer, or ... Read More »

Cardamom

Cardamom | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

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 seed and smash down with ... Read More »

Zaffron

Zaffron | Halal Pantry Item | My Halal Kitchen

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 well as Middle Eastern or ... Read More »

Traveling Spices

Traveling Spices | My Halal Pantry

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 ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pie Not From a Can

Pumpkin Pie Not From a Can | My Halal Kitchen

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 ... Read More »