Prep 5 mins
Cook 6 mins
A very Middle Eastern spice mix, I use it in almost everything that has even a hint of the Mediterranean. Sprinkle this over a plate of hummous, dip some pita in olive oil and za'atar, have some lemonade with mint and you're in paradise.
- 1⁄2 cup dried thyme
- 1⁄4 cup sumaq
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1⁄4 cup dehydrated onion
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Put the sesame seeds on a small sheet pan or pie plate and toast for 6 minutes.
- Combine thyme, sumac, salt, dehydrated onions and sesame seeds and grind into a fine powder in a spice mill.
- (This may require 2 batches.) Store in an airtight container for up to 3 to 4 months.
Please, please try this! It's delicious. I make it without the onions and put it in a small dish on its own next to another small dish with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. A Pile of fresh bread,(pitta bread, french bread anything you like)and dip a torn off piece of bread into the oil and then into the za'atar and eat! Swish it down with a cup of tea. Superb snack!
Tried this last night, I cooked rice, added olive oil and some of this and tumeric, it was good. DD says it tasted like the rice at Cafe Cedar, I favorite Middle Eastern restaurant.
This makes a wonderful authentic seasoning for Middle East cooking. Zaatar means simply thyme in Morocco as we have no spice blends. So, we use the same word for a very different meaning. I love to use this when making Lebanese dishes. Thank you Mirj!