Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice mix that is very versatile in its use. Rub it over veggies, chicken, beef, or fish, it takes the taste of any dish to another level. Here is how to make it at home.
About This Recipe
Za’atar is a heb which is very popular when it comes to Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.
This flavourful herb is used in many of the recipes as the ingredient or even to just sprinkle on top to enhance the taste of a dish.
It is a delicious and inviting blend of 6 ingredients that includes Sumac, Dried Thyme, Sesame Seeds, Dried Oregano, Sea Salt, and Dried Marjoram.
Most of the ingredients are easily available in the market, but if you can’t find them you can search for it online.
This ingredients is very easy to make, if you can find the ingredients. Just add it in a mixer and grind into a powder. That’s it!
This Za’atar Spice is,
- Full of flavour
- Easy to make
- Perfect to enhance the taste of simple dishes
Ingredients to be used
To make Zaatar Spice, you will need very few ingredients.
White Sesame Seeds – I have used white sesame seeds. You can use either Unhulled or Hulled. I prefer using unhulled in my cooking as they are healthier than the hulled ones.
In this, sesame seeds are dry roasted before adding it into the recipe.
Other Spices – You will also need dried thyme, oregano, and marjoram.
If you can’t find marjoram, you can increase the quantity of oregano.
Sumac is a very important ingredient added in this spice mix so do not skip it. Flavour it using sea salt.
Step By Step Recipe
Dry roast sesame seeds till slightly browned.
Mix all the ingredients in a blender and blend to make a smooth powder.
Store in an airtight container for up to 15 days.
This flavourful spice mix is traditionally sprinkled on a fresh homemade Bread or Pita along with a drizzle of olive oil.
You can even sprinkle it on your plain and flavoured Hummus recipes.
You can also add this spice to the marination of vegetables and meat.
But you can sprinkle it on any dish you like, to enhance the taste instantly.
I also like to make Zaatar tea or even sprinkle this spice mix on my homemade chips and crackers.
You can also sprinkle it on your Pizza, Labneh, Manoushe, Fatayer, Croissant, Halloumi, and Salads.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sumac is another Mediterranean spice that is made with deep red berries that are grounded into a coarse powder.
It is another versatile spice that adds a tangy lemony flavor to the dish but is comparatively less tart than the lemon juice.
Due to the use of so many flavourful spices, the taste of Za’atar can be tangy, herbal, nutty, and toasty at the same time.
No, they are completely different! Oregano is one of the ingredients used to make this Middle Eastern Spice, Zaa’tar.
Store Za’atar in an airtight glass jar for upto 3 months in a cool and dry place. Though it stays for long, I try and make it fresh as it will just gradually loose its aroma and taste over time.
So if you want the fresh and bomb taste of Za’atar in your recipes, try and make it fresh.
- 1/4 cup Sumac
- 3 tbsp Dried Thyme
- 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds
- 2 tbsp Dried Oregano
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Marjoram
- Dry roast sesame seeds till slightly browned.
- Mix all the ingredients in a blender and blend to make a smooth powder.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 15 days.