Hookah, Shisha, Charcoal, Bowls and many more other Frequently Asked Questions and more at Pars Market in Columbia

Hookah FAQ

Here are answers to frequently asked questions. If you don’t find it here, please be sure to Contact .

The hookahlooks very complicated, do they come with instructions?

Hookah is committed to providing expert support for Hookah smokers around the world. Each of our hookahs comes complete with detailed instructions.As well, we have a number of online resources including set-up instructions and the history of hookah .If you would like to consult a hookah expert, please Contact us either by Facebook or submit an Email to us.

Hookah and Name of the Parts in Hookah Drawn by Pars Market Columbia Maryland

What size hookah should I consider?

Shisha smoking has long been a social group activity and is something to consider when choosing your hookah. Any size hookah can be used by an individual smoker, but the size and weight of a large hookah, makes it more convenient for large groups or a hookah party. Large Hookahs (28 to 35 inches) are generally constructed with wider tubing rather than smaller hookahs to keep the hookah in proportion and  are better to support larger groups. Medium Hookahs (21 to 27 inches) can support groups of three to five people and are wonderful for solo smoking. Small Hookahs (20 inches and smaller) are best suited for solo smoking or groups of three or less. The compact size of small hookahs makes them easy to store or carry along. At Pars Market in Columbia,Maryland you can find all the supplies needed for your hookah and many more that would surprise you how much Hookah, Shisha selection we stock in our store!

Pars Market best Hookah shop and Selection in Maryland 21045

Most Unique Persian Handmade Wooden Hookah at Pars Market Columbia Maryland 

 How many hoses?

The number of hoses to have on your hookah comes down to a matter of personal choice. As long as the coal is kept hot and the water pipe is kept tight, there is no difference in the quality of smoking from a one-hose hookah or a four-hose hookah but one smokes at a time. All of our multi-hose hookahs come with complete with hose caps and rubber stem plugs so that extra hose connections that are not in use can be sealed off. 

Large Two Hose Hookah at Pars Market Shisha Store Hookah Shop in Columbia Maryland 21045Beautiful Small Hookah at Pars Market Columbia Maryland 21045 


How often should I clean my hookah?

The water in the glass vase should be emptied after every smoking session. Remember that the water in the glass vase acts as the filter for the smoke, so we recommend that you wash out the glass vase after every use. Clean the metal stem with the cleaning brush and very carefully funnel clear hot water through the hose on a regular basis. Never use soap to clean your hookah, as it may contaminate the taste of the smoke. Both the metal stem and the hookah hose should be completely dry before smoking with them again.

Small Bowl, Large Bwl and New Vortex Bowl sold at Pars Market LLc in Columbia Maryland 21045
Small Bowl, Large Bowl and New Vortex Bowl

The smoke is too harsh, what am I doing wrong?

This could be a number of reasons. You may have too much coal on your bowl and you may have burned your shisha. If you remove some of the coal and the smoke is still too harsh then you have indeed burned your shisha and will have to re-pack a new bowl. Also be sure to change the water in your hookah after each session to keep your smoke tasting fresh. 

Hookah Poster by the window at Pars Market LLC Columbia Maryland 21045

Al Fakher Shisha Tobacco next to Hookahs at Pars Market 

I’m not getting enough smoke, what am I doing wrong?

Most likely, the reason you are not getting enough smoke is because your hookah is not air tight or enough water. Double check the connections between the metal shaft / glass base, metal shaft / hose, and metal shaft / clay bowl. If you are still not getting enough smoke, it might be because you don’t have enough coal on your bowl or that your bowl is clogged with shisha. Make sure not to make the wholes too big on the aluminum foil on your bowl. Also, make sure you are not packing too much flavor. You don’t have to pack it too  tightly as this will affect the amount of smoke. Make sure water does not come threw the hose, just enough to make bubbles in the hookah.  Any problems, Please Contact us at Pars Market or bring it in.

Full line of all Accessory and replacement part for hookahs available at Pars Market Columbia Maryland 21045
Full line of all Accessory and replacement part for hookahs available at Pars Market

How long does the flavored shisha last?

Shisha is a special blend of fresh shisha leaves, fruit pulp, and molasses or honey. When kept fresh, the shisha can last for up to a year. To maintain freshness, this shisha needs to be stored in an airtight container and stored in a cool dry place such as a cabinet or a drawer.

How long will one hookah bowl of shisha last?

Each bowl lasts approximately half hour to an hour depending on the coal on your bowl and size.

Bowl with three heads sold and available at Pars Market LLC in Columbia Maryland 21045

Bowl with Cover on, Suitable for smoking inside outside or in the wind sold at Pars Market LLC Columbia Maryland 21045  

How long will one charcoal last?

Each charcoal lasts approximately half hour to an hour, if smoked the right way.

Cleopatra Egytian Natural Carbon Charcoal for Hookah at Pars Market LLC Columbia Maryland 21045

Cleopatra Egyptian Hookah open bag sold at Pars Market LLC Columbia Maryland 21045 

Egyptian Cleopatra Carbon Charcoal for Hookah at Pars Market Columbia Maryland



How many bowls in each pack of shisha?

We mostly carry Wide selection of Al Fakher and Starbuzz Shishas at Pars Market

 In a 50g pack there are approximately four to six bowls.

In a 250g pack there are approximately twenty to thirty bowls.


In a 500g Carton there are ten individual 50g packs, approximately forty to sixty bowls. 

Plenty of Bowls and Tobacco products as well as replacement parts for your Hookah at Pars Market. So put on your shoes and Come On IN!!!!!!!!!!

More View from the Al Fakher Flavors at Pars Market Columbia Maryland 21045

Wide Selection of Starbuzz Shisha Flavors at Pars Market Columbia Maryland 21045Wide Selection of Alfakher Shshia Flavors at Pars Market


Exotic Melon Blue Starbuzz Shisha Tobacco at Pars Market Columbia Maryland 21045

 Note: You must 18 years or older to order this product.

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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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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!



  • 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


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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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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Yogurt Drink at Pars Market Columbia, MD

Yogurt Drink or Doogh (Persian: دوغdūgh; Iraqi: Shinēna; Turkish: Ayran) is a yogurt-based beverage. Popular in Iran and also found in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Pakistan as well as the Balkans, it is sometimes carbonated. Outside of Iran and Afghanistan it is known by different names.

Half a Gallon Yogurt Drink at Pars Market

  Yogurt Drink is a refreshing and interesting.  It is very tasty delicious drink that is made with yogurt, salt, water, and mint, For the best taste It served Chilled! As I mentioned in above paragraph, It is made in various countries. A similar variation can be found through out the Middle Eastern countries as well as in some of the European countries. The one variation that most people might be familiar with is Lassi from India.

Small size 4 pack Abali Yogurt Soda

  Researchers found that Yogurt Drink fortified with vitamin D was found to decrease inflammatory markers in people with type 2 diabetes,.

Yogurt Drink is Available in Two types, Yogurt Drink Carbonated which is most popular within Iranian and Afghans, And Yogurt Drink Non-Carbonated which is popular within All Arab world, Eastern Europe, In Middle East and Mediterranean countries as well as Iranians and Afghans!  

2LT Yogurt Sodas on the Shelf

 At Pars Market You are able to find Yogurt Drink or Yogurt Soda in small and Large bottle sizes in Plain or with Mint flavors! 






Many Flavors of Concentrated Syrups at Pars Market

Our Wonderful selection of Natural Syrups at Pars Market

     Concentrated Syrups at Pars Market Come in Many Flavors! 

Popular in middle East for generations, these yummy concentrated fruit syrups make delicious cold drinks. Simply add water, or to make a carbonated drink, add seltzer water and ice.

  • Other uses : they can also be used to enhance the taste of desserts and cocktails.

  At Pars Market, Fruit syrups are made with high percentages of natural fruit juices and natural flavorings, without any preservatives, artificial flavorings or artificial colorings!

Try our large selection of Concentrated Syrup we carry Fruit Flavoring such as: Orange, Mango, Apricot, Raisin, Rose, Jallab, Quince Lemon, Apple, Fig, Vimto, Tamarind, Mint, Orange Blossom, Black Current, Lychee, Almond, Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Sour Cherry, Pomegranate, Blueberry, Blackberry, Mulberry,….






Turkish Delight at Pars Market

Turkish Delight is a flavored sweetmeat or a candy, prepared from starch and sugar, filled with dry fruits, honey or nuts. It has a sticky texture and very often Arabic gum is used as a binder. The Turkish Delights come in cubes with powdered sugar sprinkled on them.

Turkish Pistachio at Pars Market

Although Turkish Delights may contain many exotic fillings, the staid and simple rosewater is still the most preferred. It is this rosewater, which gives the candy its trademark blushing pink color. It can be had as an accompaniment to tea or coffee or it can be enjoyed all by itself too. at Pars Market we sell many flavors of Turkish Delight like with Pistachio, Hazelnut, Rose, Plain, Lemon, Mint, Coconut, Orange, Mix Fruits and many more….

The melt-in-the-mouth Turkish Delight was originally a royal dish, prepared and served exclusively for the regal palette. But now it has penetrated not only every nook and cranny in Turkey, but has also made a name for itself all over the world.Come to Pars Market to purchase some Turkish Delight and feel like your are in Turkey!