What is Halaal?

Halaal (Halal) is an Arabic word which means lawful or permissible. In the specific context of consumables it refers to food that is lawful for consumption. The antonym of Halaal (lawful) is Haram (unlawful) which refers to unlawful items. Muslims are permitted to eat the flesh of certain animals, which are required to be slaughtered according to the specified ritual procedures. Pork is totally not permitted. Similarly, any animal not ritually slaughtered will also be categorised as Haram (unlawful). Halal also encompasses all aspects of food hygiene and quality.

Although non-meat items are neutral in terms of Islamic Law, the processing procedures, food additives, preparation areas, etc. also must be free from non-Halaal contaminants.

With specific reference to the flavour industry, it is imperative that no animal and/or insect derivatives/extracts be used, since the sourcing and monitoring of Halaal animal derivatives from the source i.e. the abattoir right through the process is complicated and difficult. Animal derivatives and extracts would include animal fats, animal enzymes, gelatine, blood plasma, tallow-based glycerine, L-Cysteine from human hair, animal stock, animal stearates, cochineal colour etc.

Furthermore, wines, liquors and fermented alcohols of the like are also Haram (unlawful) in terms of Islamic Law.

Seafood and derivatives thereof are acceptable in terms of Halaal dietary regulation.

Once the Halaal Authority inspects, evaluates and approves all the relevant areas of the ingredients/raw materials and the manufacturing process, Halal approval is granted.

As a summary, the following must be kept in mind when processing Halaal flavours:

(1) Contamination

It is vital that at no stage must non-Halaal products come into contact with Halaal products.

(2) Processing, Storage and Transportation

Halaal designated should also fulfil the following conditions:

(i) Shall not consist of or contain anything which is considered to be unlawful according to the Shariah (Islamic Law);

(ii) Shall not be prepared and processed using any appliance or facility that was not free from anything unlawful as per the Islamic law;

(iii) Shall not in the course of preparation and processing be in contact with any food that fails to satisfy (i) and (ii) above.

Notwithstanding the above, Halaal can be prepared and processed using facilities which have previously been used for non-Halaal food provided that proper cleaning, wash-down and sterilizing procedures, according to Shariah (Islamic Law) requirements, have been observed.

What recipes can be submitted to the site?

Only recipes that are Halaal compliant can be submitted to the site, we do however curate all recipes submitted to ensure that it is compliant.

Can anybody submit recipes or create an account on the site?

YES, as long as the recipe/s submitted is halaal compliant.

Our editor selects a curated selection of Halaal compliant recipes from  various contributors around the globe.

You may find that certain contributors have recipes on their websites that are not halaal compliant… we have taken the hassle and time out of your day and pre-selected, curated and published recipes from their collection that contain Halaal ingredients ONLY. This ensures that you do not miss out on exciting tried and tested recipes that you can save, share  and cook!

How do I save a recipe?

Every recipe on the site can be saved and organized into personal collections. Just click the Save button at the top of each recipe page next to the image.

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How do I print a recipe?

Once you’re logged into your CookHalaal account, you can print any of our recipes  by clicking the printer icon at the top of the recipe page, next to the recipe image .

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How do I find the recipes I’ve saved?

Log into your CookHalaal account, you can access all of your saved recipes by going to My Account, Click on My Favourite Recipes to can access your saved recipes.

How do I ask a question about a recipe?

Mail us the link of the recipe in question to info@www.cookhalaal.com

How do I comment on a recipe?

In order to leave a comment you must first add a review by rating the recipe, to do so all you need to do is click on the number to stars, fill in the comment section at the bottom of each recipe. Simply click the “Send Comment” button beneath the box and this will publish your comment. The Editor reserves the right to remove a comment if it is found to be offensive or in poor taste.

How do I edit one of my own recipes?

Make sure you are logged in, go to My Account, select My Recipes, go the Action Tab and click the Edit icon. Don’t forget to save your changes once you’ve made them!

How do I upload media (photographs/video) with my recipe?

When you are in the process of submitting your recipes, click on the “add Media” Button , You will be prompted to upload your files. You can upload multiple images as well as video clips.

What are the images requirements for the sizes?


Banner Slider – (1970 x 500 pixels)

Homepage – (1920 x 700 pixels)

Recipe Detail Page – (848 x 477 pixels)

Chefs Image – (150 x 150 pixels)

How can I edit my comments?

There is no way to do this right now, but we are working on this feature.

How do I add a recipe to the site?

In order to add a recipe you must be logged into your account. Click on the  “Submit Recipe” button on the top right of the site. You’ll be taken to a recipe formatting page, which will walk you through the steps of adding your recipe to the site. When you’ve finished adding the recipe, click Submit Recipe.

How do I access the recipes of a chef I admire?

The universal search option at the top right of every page allows you to search by cook name, alternatively click on the The Chefs tab in the navigation bar to view the chefs.

Why do you sometimes reword the recipes?

If a great recipe lacks clarity of technique in certain areas, we tweak it so that everyone can appreciate its awesomeness. We aim for clarity and consistent style while doing our best to preserve your original voice.

How can I report a recipe that is not Halaal Compliant, contains offensive language and Copy Infringement.

Please report any of these infringements to us ASAP – email us at info@www.cookhalaal.com

What constitutes an original recipe?

You may only submit recipes that are your own. If your recipe was inspired by another source and you have tweaked or changed it, that’s okay — just tell us how you have changed it. Plagiarism is not allowed. If you do plagiarize, people will call you out!

What if I see a plagiarized recipe on the site?

Let us know immediately and cite who the owner of the original recipe is. There is often an innocent reason and our goal is not to shame unwitting borrowers — please email us at info@www.cookhalaal.com if you pick up something that is untoward.

I forgot my login information! What do I do?

How do I find a recipe?

Refer to the search icon or use the search filter options in order to refine your search criteria.

My submissions never appear on the site, why?

If your submission is declined, you will receive feedback with the primary reason why we didn’t publish your recipe.

How long does it take for submissions to appear on the site?

Moderation can take up to 24 hours, but we typically review your submissions much faster. It still may take up to 12 – 24 hours to appear on the site as we like to schedule our postings.


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Can anyone advertise on this site?

Yes, but we reserve the right to decline advertisers who do not have the same values as we do.

Should I tag my submissions?

Tagging your recipes is optional, but we highly recommend it. Tagging your submissions is a great way to get keywords into your posts, which allows your submissions to be returned in search results more often.

Can I change my username?

You are not able to change your username, but you may select to change your Display Name.