What Exactly Does “Halal” Mean?



You may have seen signs on grocery storefronts and restaurants that say “Halal,” but you may not have paid much attention to it or even knew what it meant. It may sound like an exotic word to the uninitiated, but it is Arabic in origin and simply means “permitted” foods for followers of Islam.


Islam is the second-largest religion in India and, as such, Indian cuisine typically adheres to preparing goods according to halal guidelines. At Maast Indian in Irvine, California, founders Rita and Karna Patel have combined their passion for and expertise in cooking a wide variety of halal Indian dishes that are as delicious as they are unique.


Halal: a closer look

The main reason for halal is to serve the Muslim communities in meeting their religious compliance. Muslim consumers choose halal foods because they can be confident that it is in compliance with the process and procedure as defined by Islamic Law (Sharia).


Some of these tenets include:

  • ensuring purity and cleanliness of the sources from which products are derived and the process by which they are made

  • ensuring safety of human lives by consuming only that which is wholesome and healthy

  • ensuring integrity and an ethical way of life by avoiding cruelty to animals, harm to the environment, and unfair business practices

  • promoting a way of life that benefits people in their physical and spiritual well-being


The Patels of Maast Indian respect the halal tradition and look forward to pleasing your palate with a wide variety of slow-cooked curries, in addition to their grilled sandwiches, burritos, mac & cheese dishes — all prepared with the finest ingredients. Call or place your online order today!


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