Lebanese za'atar spice mix recipe
- 1 tablespoon ground sumac berries
- 2 tablespoons dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons roasted sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons dried marjoram
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Combine everything except the sea salt and 1 tablespoon of roasted sesame seeds
- Grind in a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder
- Mix in the sea salt and the remaining sesame seeds
- Store in an airtight container, out of the light, for up to 2 months. It begins to lose its flavour if it'd stored any longer.
Mixed with olive oil it makes a spread called za'atar-wu-zayt as a dip for the sesame bread rings known as ka'ak.
It is often eaten as a breakfast snack, sprinkled on labneh (yogurt that has been drained until it becomes a tangy, creamy cheese).
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