Tuesday, December 11, 2012

264. DIY Zaatar Spice Mix

You can easily obtain a ready-mixed bag of zaatar, but it's always handy to know how to do things on your own.  I assume that if you can lay your hands on a bag or sumac, lurking not far away is a bag of zaatar spice mix. But still ;)

I searched extensively for the right proportions of ingredients to make a good zaatar mix. I decided to go with that from Taste of Beirut.
The mixture consists purely of thyme for the herb department.
Several mixes I have come across also contain marjoram as well, and some also oregano.
As for the sesame, you can put toasted or non-toasted sesame seeds, but I personally prefer the depth and nuttiness of toasted sesame seeds.


1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup sumac
2/3 cup dried thyme
1 tsp salt


Place the thyme, sumac, sesame seeds, and salt in a pan.
Heat gently, stirring all the while, until fragrant.
Place in a jar , cover, and set aside for up to a year.
Use mixed with olive oil as a simple spread over bread, or as otherwise indicated in a recipe.

 صحة و عافية

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