Zaatar is a super versatile blend enjoyed throughout the Middle East. This flavour-packed blend of toasted sesame seeds and herbs and spices, is often used as a general seasoning for meat and vegetable dishes or infused in olive oil for use as a spread or dip for pita bread. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)
What You'll Need: (makes about 7-8 tablespoons)
5 tbsp sesame seeds (white or black or a mix of the two)
3 tbsp ground sumac
2 tbsp dried thyme
4 tsp dried marjoram
4 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp dill seeds
2-3 tsp sea salt
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store out of direct sunlight in a cool place and in an airtight jar. Use within 3 months.
Note: You can dry toast the sesame and coriander seeds prior to cooling and grinding. The heat really draws out the nutty flavours. Click here for step-by-step tips and photos on this highly recommended cooking process. (Link opens in new window)
Ingredient Note: I use sesame seeds and a few whole spices for this recipe. However, if you don't have whole available simply use their pre-ground versions and reduce the quantities the recipe requires by half. For example, for 4 teaspoons of coriander seeds you would use 2 teaspoons of pre-ground coriander. Do likewise with the dill and sesame seeds if you only have ground to hand.
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