I've been told for years that haleem, the puréed meat and grains dish with South Asian flavors,  is a favorite Iftar dish for so many Muslims observing the Ramadan fast.  Though not a common way of eating meat American-style,...
Over the early part of the summer when Ramadan was in full swing, I took advantage of the somewhat cooler weather and made soups for Iftar (meal that breaks the fast). The main reason for that was not only the...

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One of the things I've been enjoying most about the summer has truly been all the Ramadan prep recipes I've been able to share throughout my cookbook tour, via Instagram and now on the website. It's amazing how much...
There's no doubt that one of the hardest part of the fasting day might not even be going without food, but going without water. That's why it's super important to hydrate during the non-fasting hours, all throughout those hours....
What a difference homemade salsa is from the store-bought counterparts. I recently made this salsa recipe for the first Halal Test Kitchen event where I was able to easily demonstrate the making of this recipe in under a few minutes. Everyone...
One of the things I really love doing is showing people how to make simple, all-natural recipes using truly wholesome ingredients. It's an additional bonus when those products have been halal-certified to ensure that the entire process of bringing...
I guess this Ramadan proves that I'm drawn to Mediterranean and North African food as my go-to cuisine for the month. Not sure why, exactly, but it has so many bonuses, so why not?  The mixture of sweet and savory,...
I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified...
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 have been waiting to make this salad since the winter time. Watermelon is my favorite fruit, mainly because it hydrates the body as you eat it, perfect to eat during non-fasting hours in Ramadan, so during this time I eat...

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