Easy Halal Snack Pack Recipe: Make Your Own Australian HSP

Do you want to make a quick and easy but hearty meal for your family but don’t have a lot of time? This Halal Snack Pack Recipe is the perfect solution! The best part is that this recipe is halal-friendly, so everyone can enjoy it.

What’s your favorite snack pack? We all have our preferences. But in this post, we will show you how easy it is to make an Australian HSP at home.

This will help with saving time and money because it’ll be much less expensive than buying one from a fast-food restaurant, kebab shop, or convenience store. You won’t believe just how simple it is.

HSP (Halal Snack Pack)

What is the HSP Snack Pack?

Easy Halal Snack Pack Recipe: Make Your Own Australian HSP

A halal snack pack is a fast food dish popular in Australia which 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 the term “People’s Choice Word of the Year” for 2016.

HSP Calories

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 certain 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.

Homemade HSP

Why Make Your Own HSPs?

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Potato Chips. Credit: canva

Most kebab shops in Australia sell halal snack packs as their staple food. So, if you suddenly crave some HSP, you can easily find it.

However, there are several reasons why you want to make your own HSPs:

  • Healthier version of HSP – 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 simply 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 HSPs

The Chips

The thick, crisp, and hot chicken-salted cheese-sprinkled chips provide the base for this flavorful dish.

HSP Sauces: “Holy Trinity” sauces

Three common 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. If you added something from the other side of the spectrum, such as hummus or sweet chili sauce, a good option would be tomato sauce

Halal-Certified Doner Kebab Meat

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Doner Kebab. Credit: canva

Shaved doner kebab meat is on a grill and top of the chips. Lamb, beef, or chickens are all great choices and a mix for those who do not want anyone’s particular flavor too strong.

Shredded Cheese

Sprinkle the shredded cheese over hot chips, then another layer of the cheese is added after the meat. “You can never have enough cheese,” says Dastyari.

Types of Meat Used

Lamb HSP

The most common meat that is used for HSP is lamb. Kebabs in Adelaide uses Australian lamb; the company says it is hormone-free and grass-fed. Halal certifier MFWA said that all meat used must come from an animal that has been slaughtered according to Islamic law.

Beef HSP

Beef is also a popular choice for those who love their HSPs.

Chicken HSP

For healthier and lower fat HSP, you can also make chicken HSP.

Vegan HSP

For those who do not eat meat, there are also vegan HSP options. Instead of meat, tofu, lentils, or vegetables can be used.

What Is Doner Kebab and How Is It Compared to Any Other Kebabs?

Doner kebab is meat grilled on a vertical rotisserie, sliced off, and then served in 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.

Doner kebabs came from Turkey and were introduced to Europe by Turkish immigrants who adapted their traditional roasted lamb dish into a sandwich form convenient for busy Europeans, especially those living in large cities.

How to Make HSP?

Traditional Australian HSP Recipe

  • Prep time: 1 hr
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

sliced lamb kebab
Sliced lamb meat. Credit: canva

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
  • Hummus
  • Jalapeño pepper

For the chips

  • 1½ lb large potatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable oil (or beef fat)
  • Fine salt

Directions

Meat

  1. Prepare the marinade.
  2. Add olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, parsley, pepper, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Add the meat and thoroughly impregnate the meat with this mixture.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the meat marinate in the refrigerator for 6 hours.
  6. Take the lamb out of the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature for an hour.
  7. Cook the meat on the barbecue, in the pan, or on a grill, over medium heat.
  8. Let stand for 20 minutes.

Chips

  1. Peel the potatoes and soak them whole in lukewarm water for 15 minutes.
  2. Rinse them thoroughly.
  3. Cut them into ½ inch (1 cm) thick slices, then cut these slices into ½ inch (1 cm) wide sticks.
  4. Rinse the fries under cold water by rubbing them to remove the starch.
  5. Drain and dry them with a cloth.
  6. Heat the beef fat or frying oil to 300F / 150C in a fryer or deep pan (the temperature is very important).

First frying

  1. Dip the fries in the fat, stirring them occasionally.
  2. Fry them for 5 minutes. They should not get too much color and should be soft enough when removed from the oil.
  3. Drain and let cool.
halal snack pack

Second frying

  1. Immerse the fries a second time with the fat at 340F / 180C.
  2. As soon as they turn golden, take them out and drain them. Season with salt immediately.
  3. Assembly of the halal snack pack
  4. Reheat the lamb at medium heat for 2 minutes.
  5. Spread the hot fries on a plate and immediately cover them with grated cheese.
  6. Place a generous layer of meat on top, finish with the sauce (or sauces) of your choice, and decorate by alternating the layers.
  7. Add a few slices of jalapeño peppers on top.
  8. Serve immediately.

Vegan HSP Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

Chips

  • 8 large potatoes

Topping

lentils and kidney beans
Lentils and Kidney Beans. Credit: canva
  • 400g can lentils
  • 400g can 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

Garlic Sauce

  • 1/2 tsp garlic (crushed)
  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise

Other Sauces

  • Vegan BBQ Sauce
  • Sriracha Hot Sauce

Directions

  1. Slice up your potatoes into big chips
  2. We used an air fryer to cook these, but you can put these into the oven for 30 mins at 220 C
  3. While the potatoes cook, blend up your walnuts, then empty into a large bowl. Blend up the mushrooms and place them into the same bowl. Drain the red kidney beans and then blend up and empty into the same bowl.
  4. Combine the paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and gravy powder into the same bowl with the other ingredients. Drain the lentils and place them into the same bowl. Combine and slowly introduce the water.
  5. Once fully 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 stir until it becomes thick. (5 mins)
  6. For the garlic mayo, combine the garlic and the mayonnaise and be ready to pour over the top.
  7. To plate, put the potatoes down, top with your Topping, and cover in garlic mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, and Sriracha. 
  8. Serve immediately.

FAQs

What sauces go on a halal snack pack?

The single greatest defining trait of the Halal Snack Pack, besides it halal accreditation, is the selection and application of sauces. The ultimate is the “holy trinity”: garlic sauce, barbecue sauce, and chili sauce. Some choose hummus, others sweet chili paste; however, no one ever leaves out

How is HSP meat made?

The halal snack pack simply contains layers of hot chips, kebab meat (chicken or lamb), and cheese. 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 are most commonly used, but the taste of these varieties differs depending on your personal preferences.

How many calories are in a HSP (Halal Snack Pack)?

The average quantity per regular serving of halal snack pack (470g): 354.7 Cal.

See also: The Famous Halal Snack Pack: Australian Halal Meal Options