Craving an HSP but ordering in isn’t an option? You’re in luck! A homemade version of the classic Australian dish is easy to make in your kitchen.
This simple homemade HSP recipe lets you get all the flavors and textures of your favorite takeaway meal. You only need chips, halal doner kebab meat (or use ground lamb or chicken if necessary), and cheese.
So don’t wait – keep reading for our step-by-step guide on how to whip up a fantastic homemade HSP that will satisfy even the most hardcore snacking fanatics!
Homemade Halal Snack Pack Recipe
Traditional Australian HSP Recipe
- Prep time: 1 hr
- Cook time: 30 min
- Servings: 2
For the meat:
- 1 lb leg of lamb finely sliced
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lemon freshly squeezed
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 oz. grated cheddar
Sauces and condiments:
- Hot sauce
- Yogurt sauce
- Barbecue sauce
- Garlic aioli sauce
- Jalapeño pepper
For the chips:
- 1½ lb large potatoes
- 3 cups vegetable oil (or beef fat)
- Fine salt
- Prepare the marinade.
- Add olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, parsley, pepper, and salt in a bowl.
- Mix well.
- Add the meat and thoroughly impregnate the beef with this mixture.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the meat marinate in the refrigerator for 6 hours.
- Take the lamb out of the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature for an hour.
- Cook the meat on the barbecue, in the pan, or on a grill, over medium heat.
- Let stand for 20 minutes.
- Peel the potatoes and soak them whole in lukewarm water for 15 minutes.
- Rinse them thoroughly.
- Cut them into ½ inch (1 cm) thick slices, then cut these slices into ½ inch (1 cm) wide sticks.
- Rinse the fries under cold water by rubbing them to remove the starch.
- Drain and dry them with a cloth.
- Heat the beef fat or frying oil to 300F / 150C in a fryer or deep pan (the temperature is critical).
- Dip the fries in the fat, stirring them occasionally.
- Fry them for 5 minutes. They should not get too much color and be soft enough when removed from the oil.
- Drain and let cool.
- Immerse the fries a second time with the fat at 340F / 180C.
- As soon as they turn golden, take them out and drain them. Season with salt immediately.
- Assembly of the halal snack pack
- Reheat the lamb at medium heat for 2 minutes.
- Spread the hot fries on a plate and immediately cover them with grated cheese.
- Place a generous layer of meat on top, finish with the sauce (or sauces) of your choice, and decorate by alternating the layers.
- Add a few slices of jalapeño peppers on top.
- Serve immediately.
Vegan HSP Recipe
- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 20 min
- Servings: 4
- 8 large potatoes
- 400g can lentils
- 400g can of red kidney beans
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 100g mushrooms
- 1 tbsp smokey paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp vegetable gravy powder
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tsp garlic (crushed)
- 1 cup vegan mayonnaise
- Vegan BBQ Sauce
- Sriracha Hot Sauce
- Slice up your potatoes into big chips
- We used an air fryer to cook these, but you can put these into the oven for 30 mins at 220 C
- While the potatoes cook, blend your walnuts and empty them into a large bowl. Blend up the mushrooms and place them into the same bowl. Drain the red kidney beans, blend them, and put them into the same bowl.
- Combine the other ingredients with the paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and gravy powder in the same bowl. Drain the lentils and place them into the same bowl. Combine and slowly introduce the water.
- Once thoroughly combined, it will look very wet, but pour this into a hot saucepan and cook on high for 5 mins, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to low and continue to go until it becomes thick. (5 mins)
- Combine the garlic and the mayonnaise for the garlic mayo and be ready to pour over the top.
- To plate, put the potatoes down, top with your Topping, and cover in garlic mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, and Sriracha.
- Serve immediately.
HSP (Halal Snack Pack)
A halal snack pack is a fast food dish popular in Australia that consists of meat certified as halal (usually lamb, chicken, or beef), chips, and sauces such as chili sauce, garlic sauce, and barbecue sauce. Yogurt, cheese, jalapeño peppers, and tabbouleh are common additions.
The snack pack was traditionally served in a styrofoam box or other disposable containers. It has been described as a staple takeout dish in kebab shops across Australia.
One of the many names for this dish is “halal snack pack,” and some restaurant menus refer to it as a “snack box, mixed plate, or HSP.” The Macquarie Dictionary chose “People’s Choice Word of the Year” for 2016.
What about the Halal Snack Pack calories? Is HSP healthy?
The jury is still unsure whether the halal snack pack is a healthy meal option. The calories in HSP (the large one) can amount to over 2000, which is a lot for one meal.
There are many factors to consider when considering the HSP’s health. The quality of the meat, how much oil is used in cooking, and what types of sauces are included can all contribute to the calorie and fat content of the dish.
However, some health experts believe the HSP can be a healthy option if it follows specific guidelines.
For example, choosing leaner cuts of meat, avoiding high-fat sauces, and limiting portion size can help to make the HSP a healthier meal option.
Why Make Your Own HSPs?
- Healthier version – Satisfy your craving without all the guilt by making a healthier version of the dish at home. You can control the ingredients used and ensure that the meat is halal-certified and cooked to your liking.
- Save time and money – Making your Halal Snack Packs can save time and money because it’ll be much less expensive than buying one from a fast-food restaurant, kebab shop, or convenience store.
- Easier to customize – When you make your HSP, you can easily tailor it to your liking. For example, if you’re not a fan of chili sauce, you can leave it out or add more of another sauce you like.
- Easy to make – It’s easy to make these for yourself.
HSP Ingredients: What You Need to Make Your Own
The thick, crisp, and hot chicken-salted cheese-sprinkled chips provide the base for this flavorful dish.
HSP Sauces: “Holy Trinity” sauces
Three typical sauces typically go on meats. First, the sauce is spread in a criss-cross manner over it evenly. There are three options: chili, garlic, and barbecue.
A good option would be tomato sauce if you added something from the other side of the spectrum, such as hummus or sweet chili sauce.
Halal-Certified Doner Kebab Meat
Lamb, beef, or chicken HSP are all great choices and a mix for those who do not want anyone’s particular flavor too strong.
Sprinkle the shredded cheese over hot chips, then add another layer after the meat. “You can never have enough cheese,” says Dastyari.
Types of Meat Used
- Lamb HSP is the typical meat that is used for HSP. Kebabs in Adelaide uses Australian lamb; the company says it is hormone-free and grass-fed. Halal certifier MFWA said that all meat must come from an animal slaughtered according to Islamic law.
- Beef is also a popular choice for those who love their HSPs.
- Chicken HSP for healthier and lower fat.
- Vegan, for those who do not eat meat. Instead of beef, tofu, lentils, or vegetables can be used.
What is a doner kebab, and how is it compared to other kebabs?
Doner kebab is meat grilled on a vertical rotisserie, sliced off, and then served on pita bread with salad or vegetables.
The word “doner” comes from the Turkish language “döner,” which means to turn around.”
Doners are different from other types of kebabs because they are generally made with the meat stacked vertically in layers to ensure all areas of the meat remain moist when cooked.
Turkish immigrants who adapted their traditional roasted lamb dish into a sandwich form convenient for busy Europeans, especially those living in large cities, introduced Doner kebabs from Turkey to Europe.
What sauces go on an HSP?
Besides its halal accreditation, the HSP’s most excellent defining trait is the selection and application of sauces. Some choose hummus, others sweet chili paste; however, no one ever leaves out.
How is HSP meat made?
Although the most original sauce is okay, a ‘perfect’ criss-cross with garlic, chili, and barbeque sauce is considered the Holy Trinity.
What is a halal butcher?
Halal is the Arabic word for “permissible.” Halal food follows Islamic law and forbids pork or any other type of meat not slaughtered according to Islamic law.
How does cheese become halal?
Halal cheese must have a non-animal rennet added. Vegetable or microbial rennet is most commonly used, but the taste of these varieties differs depending on your preferences.
How many calories are in an HSP (Halal Snack Pack)?
The average quantity per regular serving (470g): is 354.7 Cal.