Za’atar Spice Mix

Za’atar Spice is a blend of savory dried herbs thyme (traditionally), oregano, or marjoram, with toasted sesame seeds, and earthy spices like cumin and coriander, and the most important ingredient of all… sumac! Sumac gives it the delicious tanginess, which is what makes Za’atar, Za’atar!

Level

Beginner

Category

  • African Flavours
  • Health
  • Homemade Products
  • Sauces & Dips
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Cuisine

  • Mediterranean
  • Middle Eastern
  • African

Cooking Methods

  • Blending

Ingredients

  • 30ml (2 Tbsp) sesame seeds, toasted
  • 15ml (1 Tbsp) thyme, chopped or dried thyme
  • 15ml (1 Tbsp) Cumin
  • 15ml (1 Tbsp) Coriander (seeds or ground)
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) Sumac, ground
  • 2,5 ml (½ tsp) Cayenne Pepper or Chilli Flakes (*optional)
  • 2,5 ml (½ tsp) Freshly-ground Pepper, to taste
  • 2,5 ml (½ tsp) Freshly-ground Salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Lightly toast the sesame seeds on a dry pan.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container. (*A Jar is recommended).

Notes

What is Sumac?

Sumac is a flower that is primarily grown in subtropical areas of Africa (and North America). It is made from the dried and ground berries of the sumac flower. Sumac is a tangy spice that has a more acidic flavour, like lemons. It is a deep maroon colour and is a beautiful fragrant spice that is commonly used in middle eastern and north African cuisine. Most often it is using in spice blends (like this Za’atar), in dressings or as a rub.   

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