Moroccan Honey Sweet (Parata)

parata recipie uing honey

Honey is so much more than a sweetner. This recepie is a great way to use honey in your Eid celebrations this year.

Eid-al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr, Eid ul-Fitr, Id-Ul-Fitr, Eid) is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and prayer. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba(sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.

We found this great Moroccan inspired recipe that you can try with your family this Eid.


  • 1kg all-purpose white flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • For the rest of the procedure you will need
  • oil (for frying)
  • Sesame seeds or nuts you will garnish with
  • 1 jar of pure honey
  • 1 cap full of yellow colouring
  • 1 cap full of vanilla essence


  • Make a soft dough from the flour, egg, .salt, vanilla extract, baking powder, cinnamon & nutmeg. (you can mix all the wet ingredient together with the pint of warm water before adding a little at a time into the dry ingredients.
  • knead the dough from any air bubbles and then smother in oil and leave to stand for a few mins
  • Shape the dough into small balls and place in a greased tray.
    When you have finished making your balls cover with clingfilm or a plastic bag and leave for a further 20-30 mins
  • Place a dough ball on a greased smooth and flat surface and smooth out into a thin circle, the pastry should be thin enough to see through onto the surface you are working on.
  • Then fold the top of the circle onto the middle of the circle, then pick up the bottom bit of the circle and overlap it onto the top of the first fold making a very long rectangle.
  • Then repeat the above process this the other 2 sides, folding it neatly into a square shape.
  • Empty 1 jar of pure honey into a saucepan and add the vanilla essence and yellow colouring, then put over a medium heat to boiling point and then turn off. When you stir the mixture it should be very thin.
  • Deep fry your rghaif squares in preheated hot oil before until very light brown in colour before dipping into the heated honey mixture.
  • Make sure the honey gets to cover the entire square, side and corner
    then place in a drainer or a suitable container.
  • When you have repeated this process and completed your batch of honey rghaif, sprinkle with your desired nuts or in this case roasted sesame seeds and place in a presentable dish


The 2018 Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! Since starting the business that is Tropical Hives I will say that I have grown with it. As a first generation agricultural practitioner the journey has been one of highs and lows. I have an even greater respect for farmers. Their efforts help provide food for our families.

This year, one of our primary goals is to form a deeper relationship with our farmers. Together we can accomplish amazing thing.

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1st apiary visit for 2018

2018 marks the start of us documenting our journey authentically and learning from mistakes along the way. Every step forward is a step in the right direction.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton