Za'atar spice mix recipe

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Za'atar spice mix recipe
Za'atar spice mix recipe
Servings:Servings: 36 - Makes 1 small pot - It will keep
Calories per serving:19
Ready in:10 minutes
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:None
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:20th September 2012

This version of za'atar does not contain sumac. We do have another version that does.


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  1. Roughly grind the sesame seeds in a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder, set aside
  2. Make a finer grind of the remaining ingredients
  3. Mix the two together
  4. Store in an airtight container, out of the light, for up to 2 months. It begins to lose its flavour if it's stored any longer.

Serving suggestions

It can be used as a seasoning for meats and vegetables.

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.

You can spread it on a dough base and bake it as bread, in which case it is called manaeesh bi za'atar.

It is often eaten as a breakfast snack, sprinkled on labneh (yogurt that has been drained until it becomes a tangy, creamy cheese).

Za'atar is often sprinkled on hummus or served with olive oil as a spread or dip.

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