For Halal Cookware
Balady Home & Décor, 7118 Fifth Ave., Bay Ridge; baladymarket.com
Halal supermarket Balady started importing Middle Eastern cookware 20 years ago and in 2016 opened this stand-alone extension, known for “a range of difficult-to-find items that separates it from the pack,” says Mike Farah, owner of Nabila’s in Cobble Hill. Farah has shopped there for years, ever since tracking down baking pans to replace the ones his mother brought from Lebanon and used for knafeh and kibbeh sanieh: “We look for round molds with a specific diameter and height that cook evenly and have the right nonstick surface to flip once cooled.” Also at Balady: conical clay pots for braising a Moroccan tagine, stainless-steel pressure cookers used in Syrian cuisine to make stuffed grape leaves, and Turkish copper pots for roast-meat dishes — tools that are “virtually impossible to get in the U.S., and I’ve tried,” says Farah.
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