Zahtar is a classic Middle Eastern blend of toasted sesame seeds and spices and herbs. It is very versatile and is often used as a general seasoning or infused in olive oil for use as a spread or dip for bread. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)
What You'll Need: (makes about 7-8 tablespoons)
5 tbsp sesame seeds
3 tbsp ground sumac
2 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tsp dill tips
2 tsp salt (see note below)
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store out of direct sunlight in a sealed jar. Use within 3 months.
If you've never dry toasted and ground ingredients before, it really is a simple thing to do. The heat releases fabulous flavours and amazing aromas.
Click here for step-by-step tips on how to do it. (Link opens in new window)
Salt Note: I recommend a quality rock/sea/kosher salt as they're a bit less processed and therefore healthier. However you can happily use regular table salt if that's all you have available.
Naming Note: This mix has many spellings: za'atar, zaatar, za'tar, zatar and zahatar to name just a few. Confusingly the many variations of the name also refer to a family of herbs which include thyme, oregano and savory.