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Ramadan: sweet, savory and tea!

I love living in the US, that’s why I live here!! But with Ramadan here, many beats in my heart feel the absence of the excitement and gaiety that we experience back home during this religious time. The obsession of traditional sweets and savory snacks paired with tea specially comes back in Ramadan. I can eat almost any cuisine during the rest of the year but for breaking the fast, it has to be a royal Pakistani tea affair with dates as added bonus! This year when I rummaged through my mind on how to welcome Ramadan with our non-Muslim friends, I thought of the best combination from the East for Ramadan: sweet, savory and tea!DSC_0046Tea is a central and essential part of many cuisines in the world and when it comes to Pakistan and other South-East countries (or sub-continent as the region is called) hot black tea with milk and sugar is the most satisfying and mood-adjusting beverage of all seasons, weathers and occasions. The need for tea becomes more obvious during Ramadan. Water for tea is the first thing to be boiled when preparing the suhoor (the breakfast at the sunrise to begin the fast). The tea kettle is on again at the iftar time (the sunset snack/ dinner combination Muslims eat when breaking fast). Mostly at this hour, the tea is accompanied by a grouping of sweet and salty delights. Dates being specific to Ramadan grace the table and are first to be consumed followed by these yummy snacks and then dinner.

To bring that taste of Ramadan and tea for people who are important in mine and my families’ lives, I made little Ramadan gift boxes with a hint of this specific combination. Since not all the snacks that can be enjoyed with tea can be packed, I decided on the dry ones that could be stored at the room temperature and enjoyed by our dear friends. For sweet, I picked naan khatais, one of the oldest desserts of the subcontinent. Its closet kin would be shortbread cookie but with a distinct taste that separates itself from shortbread cookies. Usually the fresh naan khatais available at the bakeries in Pakistan look different from these but these did match the taste! DSC_0054For savory, I added dar biji -another favorite and hearty snack of the region. It is made with many different ingredients – flour noodles, dried and seasoned lentils and nuts. This one had peanuts, cashews with green lentils. DSC_0055To complete the experience, I included the black tea by Tapal. It is by far my most favorite and close to home tea for its taste. It has a very rich aroma. I combine this tea with cardamom pods or with Tetly cardamom tea bags that I order from Amazon or sometimes buy from local stores. DSC_0051I placed all three items in these cute boxes that I got from amazon. 4 x 4 x 2 in size, they are available in different colors. I chose fuchsia to bring traditional colors in my present. DSC_0052I made the decoration and insert and they are available both for the Ramadan Mubarak and for Eid Mubarak for the upcoming end of Ramadan celebration and are customizable for your informaiton. Should you need the box with its décor (no food included) as a finsihed product, feel free to email me.DSC_0030Here are the finished boxes…DSC_0058DSC_0062_1DSC_0063DSC_0070_1DSC_0056I hope you enjoyed this post and inpsiration. You can use number of things to put in these little boxes from pitted dates with almonds ensconed in them, loose tea instead of teabags or any other kind of mithai, baklawa etc. Happy Ramadan and may the blessings of Ramadan be with you!

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Hi and welcome to my blog!

My name is Riffat and I am the writer behind this blog. Through this blog I share many things I am enthusiastic about – my curated items from old era, passion for tea and tea parties, design and décor, DIY projects. I specifically like to create themed and seasonal parties incorporating vintage treasures. I am married to an awesome guy who has {a good case of} wanderlust and is a grand but healthy foodie. Occasionally I will be journaling and sharing his experiences in travel, recipes and restaurant reviews. On my blog you will also get to meet our 3 amazing boys – the oldest is neuro-diverse and his being on the spectrum has given a different and incredible meaning to our family! I would be a very different person without him. Besides enjoying my family and this blog, I am a full-time speech and language pathologist.

We recently moved to Dallas from Arizona. Back there, I ran a vintage china rental and sales business. I had the pleasure of working with some amazing vendors in the event industry and got featured on many international and national blogs. I started blogging specific to my collection but recently switched to life style blogging to touch more aspects of life.

Originally from Pakistan, I am a multicultural and multilingual person and enjoy diversity to its fullest. I welcome new things and ways and learn from them but believe in restoring and preserving as well. I love people who inspire each other, are successful holistically, spread positive vibes and make a difference in this world for themselves and individuals around them. Overall, I strive to be a very well-balanced person and this blog plays some part in achieving that!

I absolutely love to team up with creative minds! Feel free to contact me for style consultation, photo shoots, vintage & antique articles, tea parties and hand-made items. I also do product reviews and feature items on my blog. I have a small shop on etsy featuring my collection and hand-made items.

(6) Comments

  1. […] the discussion came to what and how tea is served. She couldn’t get her head wrapped around the pairing of tea with sweet and savory. I went on to explain the combination is probably established over hundreds of years and our […]

  2. Griffin Will says:

    This was such a great treat – you are so good at themed decor!! Thanks 🙂

  3. Ave P says:

    Loved receiving this special treat and learning more about Ramadan! Amazing colors in the presentation! Thank you for sharing Riffat!

  4. Suman Raaj says:

    Amazing post and very cute idea! Being from India and a tea-drinker, you presented the best combo. will be needing your help for Diwali this year!!

  5. Linda Edwards says:

    These boxes are so pretty! What a neat idea!

  6. Ana Corter says:

    Ah! Much awaited post from you! I was thinking of you when Ramadan started. Very cute and stylish!

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