FitHalal: Healthy Delivery
If you only eat Zabihah or halal meat, meaning you only eat meat that has been treated and butchered according to Islamic terms, then it's often hard to find healthy restaurants and meal delivery options that serve halal meat, especially in Seattle. Usually most Zabihah followers lack protein in their diet unless they cook their own meals at home.
FitHalal started with the goal to help those who don't always have time to cook at home and desire healthy halal options.
They promise 100% Halal and all natural ingredients, freshly cooked, and no preservatives.
Every week they add one or two new meals to their menu. The dishes are from all over the world. I got to try two of the meals from their weekly menu for me to try, Palak Paneer and Butter Chicken (disclaimer: we got these for free, but the following is an honest review)
I'm not a huge fan of paneer to begin with, so I'll review it for what it was and leave my feelings of the actual dish aside.
FitHalal claimed to provide ideal sized portions but I was skeptical if it would be enough. My skepticism was short lived. I was pretty satisfied and not overly full.
I didn't actually eat the dish out of the container it came in. I warmed it up following the instructions and then mixed the rice and paneer in a bowl. Personally, I would've liked more rice to mix with the curry.
Since I didn't eat this dish the day it was delivered, the cucumber slices were a bit dry but the carrots were still fresh.
They aren't kidding when they say all natural ingredients! The dish had whole cardamom and cinnamon sticks and although it adds a great flavor, I was unpleasantly surprised when I bit into them. I should be used to this since Pakistani food also tends to do this, but that's usually what I dislike about most South Asian dishes.
I ate the Butter chicken the day the food was delivered. It is my all time favorite Indian cuisine dish, but I've never considered it healthy since its usually made with a lot of butter.
FitHalal doesn't actually use butter and instead uses more yogurt and milk with a tomato puree base (based on ingredients listed on their site).
Honestly I'm impressed with how perfect their warming instructions are! 2 mins in the microwave with a wet paper towel on top of the container gave it the texture and warmth of freshly made food.
Again it was the right amount of food to satisfy my hunger and leave a healthy amount of room for dessert.
Similar to the paneer, I had mixed up the rice and the curry in a bowl. There was a nice spiciness to it, just enough to tingle the taste buds. It could have used a bit more salt to make the flavor more potent, but I guess a lot of salt might defeat the "healthy" notion.
The green beans were still fresh, and were great with a little bit of lemon squeezed on top.
Overall, I see the potential of this service and it fulfilling the needs of Greater Seattle Area Muslims. I plan on subscribing and ordering their other dishes and I'll update this post with reviews of those as well.
If you would like to try FitHalal, use the discount code "tablemannersaside" at checkout. You will get 36% off, so it will be $6.36 per meal if you order 6 or more meals. Only available in Seattle. Expires June 8th.