15 June 2013

Ramadan Friendly Recipes - II

Hello Everyone!

Its that time of the year again, after hosting Ramadan friendly recipes event last year I am super excited to announce round 2 .

So what makes a recipe Ramadan Friendly ?

Anything yummy, healthy, easy to cook, fresh ....it could be a snack, salad, dessert or entree or even a refreshing drink, You could also send in some festive recipes ideal for Eid celebrations and of course it should be HALAL, which means no pork, no alcohol or its by products.

This is how it works

This event is open to ALL

Post a Ramadan Friendly Recipe on your blog between now to Aug 9 and link it below using the linky tool.

I would appreciate using the logo as this blog is fairly new and the logo will just help me spread the word

Non-bloggers may send in their entries with or without a picture to halalfoodie@gmail.com and I will include it in the roundup.

Old/archived posts can also be sent provided they are reprinted using the logo / link to the announcement.

Thank You ! I look forward to your delicious entries :)

04 November 2012

Mexican 5 Layer Dip


2 tsps. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 medium size cloves of garlic, minced
1 (15.5-ounce) can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp. chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
4 tbsps. fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1 tbsp. water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (10 oz.) box frozen corn kernels.
1/4 C chopped coriander leaves/cilantro

2 ripe hass avocados

4 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced (about 2 cups)
1/4 C scallion, thinly sliced
salt and pepper

3/4 C extra-sharp Cheddar, shredded (I used Cabot brand, its labelled halal)


Preparing the layers

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until they soften, about 3 mins. Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 mins. more.

Put half of the onion mixture into a food processor with the black beans, chipotle pepper, 2 tbsps. of the lime juice, cumin, water and salt. Puree until smooth. Set aside.

Add the corn to the skillet with the remaining onion mixture and cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro leaves.Let cool

In a small bowl mash the avocado with the remaining lime juice.

In a medium bowl toss together the tomatoes and scallions. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper to taste.


Take a 8 x 8 glass baking or serving dish or any dish you like, a transparent glass bowl only makes for better presentation as you can see all the layers through it. Spread the black bean dip into the bottom, top with the corn mixture, spreading it out to form a single layer over the beans, then spread the avocados, then the tomatoes. Top with shredded cheese. Serve with your favorite chips.


01 October 2012

Moroccan Hospitality Restaurant, Malden, MA

Moroccan Hospitality Restaurant is run by sisters Nouzha and Amina. Its clean, not too big and the hosts are friendly. After reading many good reviews, we took the 45 min. drive to Malden , and we were pleased. The fact that the restaurant is mentioned in Bostons top new restaurants was also another reason we decided to try it out.The menu is inexpensive, simple and not to elaborate , but everything in there sounds delicious I wish I could try them all.

We ordered Lahrira soup which was served with soft and delicious Moroccan bread, I just wish the bread was warm too.

For starters we ordered the ground beef cigar, which we loved they came hot and crunchy dusted with powdered sugar and a refreshingly delicious orange salad and also the Maakouda , potato patties served with Lahrissa sauce. The M'hammer ( roast Chicken with preserved lemons) was delicious, the chicken was so juicy and tender, we ordered it with a side of  couscous which was also delicious, fluffy and moist, for dessert we tried their fekka, and other cookies , They disappeared even before I got a chance to take a picture. We ended our meal with the most delicous moroccan mint tea, perfectly made with fresh mint.

All food is fairly priced and the portions are generous.

Who: Moroccon Hospitality Restaurant

Where: 188 Salem St, Malden, MA.
When:  Monday - Saturday
            11:30 am - 9 pm

What: Ground beef Cigars
          Harira Soup
          M'hammer (roast Chicken Tagine)
          Assorted Cookies
          Mint Tea
Website: They have a facebook page, check it out here

To view their menu, click on the image below to enlarge.

If you are looking for homemade Moroccan food, authentic flavors, this place is definitely worth a visit. Friday nights are Couscous Nights !!!