Zatar, also called zahtar and zaatar, is a traditional Middle Eastern blend of nuts, herbs and spices. It's super easy to make and is most often combined with olive oil and used as a dip or spread on bread. It's also excellent for seasoning vegetables and various meats. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)
What You'll Need: (makes about 9-10 tablespoons)
6 tbsp white or black sesame seeds (or a mix of the two)
3 tbsp ground sumac
2 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried savory
3-4 tsp dried thyme
3 tsp sea salt
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store out of direct sunlight in a sealed jar. Use within 2 months.
I use whole coriander seeds in this Middle Eastern mix. If you don't have whole, just use pre-ground powders and reduce the amounts in the recipe by about half. So instead of 2 tablespoons of whole coriander you use 1 tablespoon of coriander powder and stir in with the other powders.
Note: If dry toasting ingredients before grinding them is something you've never attempted, well, it's really easy to do and really brings out the most fabulous flavours and mouthwatering aromas!
Click here for photos and tips on toasting and grinding. (Link opens in new window)
It also has a step-by-step video on the page that demonstrates how easy it is to do.
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