Sour Grapes at Pars Market in Columbia Maryland

 

Yup – these really are sour grapes. Cheek-suckingly, eye-wateringly sour. They even look mean, no?

 Sour Grape (Ghoreh) at Pars Market LLC Columbia Maryland 21045
Sour Grape (Ghoreh) at Pars Market

This, basically, is verjuice’s (verjus, for all you francophones out there) Mummy. The real deal. In Iran sour grapes are known as ghooreh, and verjuice as ab ghooreh, and they are a really important part of the cuisine. The season is awfully short (a few weeks in June/July), but the grapes are pressed, dried and ground, frozen and pickled so that we can enjoy their sharp goodness all the year round. Here are a few ideas on what to do with the stuff should it swing by your pantry/fridge.

A Big Bunch of Sour Grape at Pars Market LLC Columbia Maryland 21045
A Big Bunch of Sour Grape
  • Verjuice: i.e. the juice extracted from sour grapes. This finds its way into all manner of khoreshts *(or casseroles), and is somewhere between wine and vinegar in application. It is also used in salads in Iran, and is reputedly good for lowering high blood pressure/cholesterol. Strictly speaking it doesn’t need the fridge once opened: if you have a bottle, don’t be alarmed/go all squealy if it forms a king of must on top: just flick the mould off and carry on using it.

 

Verjuice (Sour Grape Juice) on the shelf at Pars Market Columbia, Maryland 21045
Verjuice (Sour Grape Juice) on the shelf at Pars Market
  • Sour grape powder: use like a spice – add to dishes at the sealing frying stage. It will add a lovely sharp zing to soups and stews. It is also great in marinades for fish and meat.   
Sadaf Brand Ground Sour Grape (Gard-e-Ghoreh) at Pars Market
Sadaf Brand Ground Sour Grape (Gard-e-Ghoreh) at Pars Market

 

  • Pickled Sour Grapes: apart from making a perfect gift for your mother-in-law (Les Dawson where are you now?), these can be dropped whole into casseroles/sauces to lend a dish little explosions of sharpness. You can also crush them into salad dressings and stuffing.

                               

Sadaf Brand Pickled Sour Grape Ghooureh Ghoureh at Pars Market Columbia Maryland 21045
Sadaf Brand Pickled Sour Grape Ghooureh Ghoureh
  • Fresh or frozen: fresh ones (like the ones THAT-WE’VE-GOT-IN-THE-SHOP-RIGHT-NOW-PLEASE-FORM-AN-ORDERLY-QUEUE) need to be washed well and picked through. Detach them from their stalky bits, and then just plop them whole into salads, casseroles etc. Glorious – and they will keep your dinner guests guessing. Now is a good time to buy them to freeze as well: you can use them straight from the freezer. Silly serving idea: they are quite fun dropped whole-frozen into Martinis.
Frozen Sour Grapes in Package at Pars Market LLC
Frozen Sour Grapes in Package

That should give you something to be going on with. If you are popping by the shop at Pars Market this week, do stock up: these are a real culinary treat.

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PARS MARKET LLC

9400 SNOWDEN RIVER PARKWAY Suite 109

COLUMBIA, MD, 21045

443-259-0002

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Pars Market Hookah and Shisha Store in Columbia Maryland

I love Hookah and I love smoking it so much….more I talk about hookah I still feel I have a lot more to say out! Let’s talk more and enjoy talking about it as well as smoking Hookah with friends and family!

A Hookah is a water pipe that is used mainly by Middle Eastern countries for smoking tobacco, mainly flavored tobacco, such as Shisha. Traditional hookahs are elaborately decorated with gold or brass and often sport ornate carvings and designs.
Beautiful Double Hose Hookah at Pars Market

The Wonder of The Hookah

A Hookah is a water pipe that is used mainly by Middle Eastern countries for smoking tobacco, mainly flavored tobacco, such as Shisha. Traditional hookahs are elaborately decorated with gold or brass and often sport ornate carvings and designs. They are traditionally made from glass but can also be made from plastic or even. They have a long stem with a large Bowl at the top where the tobacco is placed.

From the stem are several long hoses that enable several people to enjoy the hookah at once. Water is placed in the stem and, when the bowl of tobacco is lit, the smoke is then filtered through the water and into the lungs of each person inhaling from each hose.

The practice of using hookahs is very popular in countries like Iran and other Arab countries but it is also popular in European countries, as well, and even the United States.

The practice of using hookahs is very popular in countries like Iran and other Arab countries but it is also popular in European countries, as well, and even the United States.
Small little Hookah at Pars Market

Purchasing your own hookah is a very personal experience. You can choose whatever design you would like, and there are several as it’s popular for the hookah to be elaborately decorated as our Hookahs at Pars Market are so beautiful designed and built so strongly!

There are many different styles of Hookah, and the number of hoses sprouting from the main stem varies as well. When you get a group of your friends, family or co-workers together to sample the latest blend of flavored tobacco, it is a true bonding experience. This is why the hookah is so popular, it’s the exchanging of smoke amongst a small group that truly makes the hookah experience a special one. 

Come down to our shop Pars Market to purchase your own new Hookah,
Small Beautiful hookah at Pars Market in Columbia Maryland

Come down to our shop Pars Market to purchase your own new Hookah, We have wide selection of amazing looking Hookahs and our Friendly and Knowledgeable staff are here to help you choosing the right hookah for your budget! If you are a beginner No problem We show you how to start and set up your hookah from scratch, Because Pars Market is A one-stop shop for all your Hookah shisha smoking needs. We offer high quality of hookahs products from all shapes and sizes at the lowest prices available in the market.  guaranteed top quality hookahs and shisha at the lowest prices. Each one of our hookah products are crafted to the highest standards and completely authentic. Our hookahs (hooka, huka) are functional, attractive, durable and available to you. Come inside and see which hookah strikes your fancy!

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 PARS MARKET LLC

9400 SNOWDEN RIVER PARKWAY Suite 109

COLUMBIA, MD, 21045

443-259-0002

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Ras el Hanout a Moroccan spice and Recipe of Tagine at Pars Market LLC Columbia Maryland 21045

What is Ras el Hanout?

A prized Moroccan spice blend, Ras el Hanout takes its name from an Arabic phrase that can be loosely translated as “top of the shop”–meaning the very best a spice merchant has to offer. This complex medley of seasonings is notable for its rich aroma and well-balanced curry-like flavor.

 

Pars Market full Selection of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean spices in Columbia Maryland 21045
Jar of Ras el Hanout Spice at Pars Market

 

  • A traditional Moroccan spice blend with a rich, spicy aroma and deep, complex flavors.
  • Sprinkle the blend onto chicken and fish before pan-frying, grilling or baking to impart a rich, golden color and exotic spicy flavor.
  • Ras el Hanout is also a classic seasoning for grilled lamb, tagines and couscous dishes.
  • To ensure the most vibrant flavor and aroma, the seasonings are individually ground and blended.
  • Our best version of Ras el Hanout at Pars Market contains up to 50 herbs and spices – an aromatic bouquet of flavor
  • A Must-Have for Moroccan Cuisine
  • The premium, 100% all-natural ingredients for our Ras el Hanout at Pars Market sourced from the best selection of spices originally from Morocco.

At the very least, any food in which you include Ras el Hanout will inspire diners to kiss the cook, so you’ve got that goin’ for you!

 Here’s a recipe about making Tagine with Ras el Hanout. Which you can find all the spices and ingredients for this delicious dish at Pars Market!

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbs. ras el hanout
  • 1 Tbs. sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper, plus more, to taste
  • 3 lb. short ribs, cut into serving pieces, external fat trimmed to 1/4 inch
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine, such as Syrah
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup beef or chicken broth, plus more, as needed
  • 1 Tbs. honey (optional)

For the spiced couscous:

  • 2 cups couscous
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1 tsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

In a small bowl, stir together the ras el hanout, paprika, the 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper. Rub the mixture over the short ribs, coating them evenly. Let stand at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes.

Preheat an oven to 350°F.

Heat a large, heavy fry pan over medium heat. Pour in the olive oil and heat until the surface shimmers. Add the short ribs and brown on all sides, about 8 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.

Pour off all but 2 Tbs. of the fat in the pan. Add the onion, carrots, squash and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the onion begins to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the wine, stirring to scrape up the browned bits from the pan bottom. Add the tomatoes and the 1/2 cup stock.

Transfer the mixture to a tagine. Add the short ribs, pushing them down into the vegetables. Cover the tagine, transfer to the oven and bake until the meat is very tender, about 2 1/2 hours.

Meanwhile, prepare the spiced couscous: Rinse the couscous in a fine-mesh sieve under cold running water. Set aside to drain for 15 minutes.

Fill the bottom compartment of the couscoussiere halfway with water, making sure the water does not touch the steam tray above. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Spread the couscous out on a baking sheet and aerate by lightly rubbing the clumps between your palms and raking your fingers through the couscous.

Line the steam tray with a piece of cheesecloth. Brush the cheesecloth with 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. Place the couscous on the cheesecloth. Cover the couscoussiere and steam for 20 minutes. Again, spread the couscous out on a baking sheet. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil, 1/4 cup cold water, the turmeric and the 1/2 tsp. salt. Sprinkle the liquid over the couscous and aerate with your fingers, breaking up any lumps.

Make sure there is still water in the lower compartment, then return the couscous to the lined steam tray. Cover and steam for 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the couscous to a serving bowl. Using a spoon, gently fold in the currants, orange zest and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Cover with aluminum foil and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Transfer the short ribs to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Let the sauce cool for 5 minutes, then skim the fat off the surface. If the sauce is too thick, stir in more stock, 2 Tbs. at a time. Stir in the honey, and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.

Divide the spiced couscous among warmed bowls. Top with the short ribs and sauce and serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.

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9400 SNOWDEN RIVER PARKWAY Suite 109

COLUMBIA, MD, 21045

443-259-0002

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Buying Hookah, Shisha, Charcoal at Pars Market Columbia Maryland 21045

It is extremely important that you know how to check a Hookah before you purchase it, because no matter what country it comes from, there is a certain percentage of hookahs that are defective.

Start with the bowl on top. Inspect for chips and an ovular opening where it connects to your hookah. If the the opening of the bowl is ovular, it might not seal tightly when sitting on top of the hookah. Next, look for obstructions in the holes of the bowl. Sometimes, during the glazing process, the holes are covered up or clogged. You will also want to make sure that the bowl fits snugly. You should be able to jerk the hookah a little bit and not have any movement on the bowl. If it does seems to wobble a bit, try to turn it in a clockwise fashion as you push it down over the gasket.

Take the hose off and plug one end with your thumb as you blow through the other end. Listen carefully for any air leaks. If there are any air leaks, the hose has a hole in it. Now, unplug one end and point it at a bare patch of skin that is not on your face (you may get a chunk of rust right into your eye). You should feel a good amount of air coming out. If the amount of air coming out feels weak, the hose has obstructions.

Check the stem for breaks or damage by holding the stem up like a looking glass and pointing the opposite end toward the light.

Unscrew the check release valve to make sure it has a ball bearing.

To check the air flow of the rest of the Hookah, make sure it is assembled with the stem, vase, vase gasket, hose, and hose gasket. You will need to remove the bowl and bowl gasket if it is on top of the stem. Use your hand or a piece of cloth to clog the top of the hookah stem. Suck through the hose and listen carefully for air leaks. You should not be able to take any air in. Common air leaks occur near the hose port around the weld lines. With the top of the hookah stem still clogged, blow into the hose. Air should be expelled out of the check release valve.

Make sure the vase is not wobbly and that the top opening is not ovular. Also, look for cracks and chips in the glass. 

At Pars Market we have sold over Thousands of Hookah since day first opened up and everyone who purchased the Hookah from us was a Happy customer! Because we sell the best quality Hookah you can ever find in the market! Our hookahs are not even Built to last for long long time they are so Beautiful and you can have it up for a good looks and decoration at your home! We carry All sizes and shapes of Hookahs at Pars Market at the lowest prices in the market! We also assist you to find the best hookah from our large selection of hookahs we sell in our store which will suit your needs! We guarantee your satisfaction at Pars Market come down and check us out!   

 

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 PARS MARKET LLC

9400 SNOWDEN RIVER PARKWAY # 109

COLUMBIA, MD, 21045

443-259-0002

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Large selection of Gaz at Pars Market Columbia Maryland 21045

 

Iranian Gaz

Iranian gaz is a Persian nougat, a traditional candy which originated in the Esfahan city of Central Iran that has derived its name from a native desert plant in the Zagros mountain range called gaz – angebin (sap of angebin) of the Tamarisk family. The sap of this plant which is milky and sweet, is annually collected and blended with other ingredients such as almond kernels or pistachio, egg white and rose water to make gaz candy, which imparts an unique flavor to the confection preserving its uniqueness when compared to the similar European nougats. Traditionally, the Iranian gaz is made in the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean households, where it enjoys the status of being a staple sweet.

 

Gaz Nougat at Pars Market

 

 

Ingredients Used and Popular Methods of Preparation of Gaz Candy

 

In Esfahan, as per the old tradition, the sweet milky juice is extracted from the stems of the plant collected from the mountains, which are brought downhill to the towns and stored inside copper vessels. A raw mixture is made with the other ingredients like rosewater, almond or pistachio kernels, egg white and this milk which is beaten to a desired consistency over heat and finally, given candy shapes by hand. The handmade, old fashioned Iranian gaz nougats are individually shaped round which typically have a diameter of 2 to 3 inches with half an inch of thickness. For making the modern Iranian gaz, aluminum foil is sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, over which, a hard mixture made by combining egg whites, corn syrup, pistachios, salt, sugar and water over heat, is layered smoothly, refrigerated and finally, brought out when set and cut into squares.

 

Soltani Gaz at Pars Market

 Storing, Serving and Eating Gaz Candy

Traditionally, the Iranian gaz is eaten as an anytime snack, although it may also be served formally at dinner accompanied by hot tea. This Iranian sweet is also a popular entrée during the festive occasions, during when many confectioneries sell these nougats wrapped in gift boxes, as they make for ideal presents for relatives. 

 

Ashrafi Gaz in Gift wrap at Pars Market

 

 

The Iranian gaz candies are not wrapped individually; instead, all the nougat slices are packed in a single box with flour dusting, so as to keep the sweets from gluing to one another. Generally, these confections are stored in wooden boxes, although in some modern households or stores, metal, cardboard or plastic boxes are also used. Often, the Iranian gaz may be sold in larger sizes, which are cut into bite sized pieces just before serving or eating.

 

Close up view of Ashrafi Gaz in Gift wrap at Pars Market

 At Pars Market we carry large selection of Different kind and style of Gaz, Our selection is amazing and quality of our gaz is the best and all so tasty, come down to Pars Market and try them this famous Persian candy for yourself and enjoy the taste of it! 

 

Saltanati Gaz at Pars Market

Gaz Candy: Trivia 

The Iranian gaz stored with flour is called “gaz-e-ardi”. which available at Pars Market!

 

Gaz-e-Ardi Esfehan at Pars Market                        

 

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Zeytoon Parvardeh (Persian Olive & Pomogranate) in Pars Market

  
 Zeytoon Parvardeh (Persian olive & pomegranate)

 In English Called: Mature Olive (Persian olive & pomegranate) in Farsi Called Zeytoon Parvardeh زيتون پرورده

Zeytoon Parvardeh at Pars Market PRODUCT OF IRAN

  Zeytoon Parvardeh is a popular appetizer recipe from Northern Province of Iran (Gilan) Near Caspian Sea. It is made with Green Olives, Pomegranate Paste, Walnuts, Apple Vinegar, garlic and herbs. The combination of these ingredients coming together so wonderfully in one dish with all their different flavors and textures, making this a unique and quite delectable appetizer. 

All Natural, No Preservative

I’ve been wanting to write about Zeytoon Parvardeh for the past several weeks, Ever since I started write this blog about the products we sale at Pars Market! It is All Natural, has No Preservative!It is so delicious, you have to try it, you will love it!

 Taksa brand Mature Olive (Zeytoon Parvardeh) sign in Pars Market

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Dry Fruit Snack at Pars Market in Columbia, Maryland

Our Selection of Lavashak at Pars Market

  Lavashak is the Iranian Favorite Fruit leather. which definitely brings back happy childhood memories, sometimes little sweet, often very sour. All Natural no sugar of preservatives added. it’s made by pouring the cooked fruit onto a greased tray and letting it sundry in shade. This healthy snack can be made by a large variety of fruits such as Sour cherry, Sour Plum, Prune, Pomegranate and all types of berries and fruit! at Pars Market We carry wide variety of Lavashak (Fruit roll-ups) from Iran which definitely brings back happy childhood memories! stop by to Pars Market to buy this great healthy snack for yourself! 

at Pars Market we carry all 100% Natural Fruit Roll-ups from Iran

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9400 Snowden River Parkway #109
Columbia, MD 21045

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