Zaatar Spice Blend

June 02, 2021

Za'atar sometimes written as Zaatar , Zataar or Zahtar, is one of our favourite middle eastern spice! Za'atar is so easy to make with ingredients that you may have in your pantry.

  zataar spice blend

What is Zaatar?

Zaatar is a unique blend of tangy, earthy, salty and sourish spice blend; consist of dried herbs, toasted sesame seed, sumac and ground roasted cumin.

One of our favourite middle eastern spice blend.
We often have zaatar with bread dip in olive oil.


What is Zaatar spice made of?

Zaatar spice blend varies from one place to another.

Dried oregano is used in Lebanese Zaatar instead of thyme.
While coriander seeds is added Egyptian Zaatar and some may add Aleppo chilli flakes too.

Sumac is a must in any zaatar being prepared.

What is Sumac?

Sumac also known as summach comes in powder or ground form from sumac flower berries.
Sumac is a spice that gives that tangy, sourish, acidic almost like lemon juice.
Sumac has a deep red hue colour.

 Ingredients for Zaatar

How to Make Zaatar seasoning?

Not counting salt and pepper, there are 4 ingredients to make Zaatar.

Cumin, dried thyme, Sumac and sesame seeds.
Mix them all up in a bottle.

How else can I use Zaatar?

Apart from a quick dip with bread and olive oil, you can drizzle some oilve oil on hard boil eggs and sprinkle some zaatar on it, or use zaatar as rub or marinade for any meat dishes.

 zatar middle eastern spice

How to store Zaatar?

Store Zaatar in an airtight bottle and in your pantry.

How long can I keep Zaatar?

Do not keep zaatar for more than 3 months. The sesame seeds will be turn bad and rancid.



Zataar Spice Blend

Zataar Spice Blend
Yield: 4
Author: Lisa Ho
Prep time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min
Za'atar sometimes written as Zaatar, Zataar or Zahtar, is one of our favourite middle eastern spice! Za'atar is so easy to make with ingredients that you may have in your pantry.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon sumac
  • 2 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pan roasted and grind cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Pan roast cumin and leave it to cool before grinding to powder.
  2. Pan roast sesame seeds (see note below)
  3. Mix all ingredients in a jar
  4. Keep in an airtight container.
  5. Serve with olive oil and bread.

Notes:

  1. easier to buy a ready roasted sesame seeds (from Asian grocer)

Nutrition Facts

Calories

56.47

Fat (grams)

4.17

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.61

Carbs (grams)

4.79

Fiber (grams)

2.84

Net carbs

1.95

Sugar (grams)

0.32

Protein (grams)

1.95

Sodium (milligrams)

381.96

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00
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Za'atar sometimes written as Zaatar or Zahtar, is one of our favourite middle eastern spice!  Za'atar is so easy to make with ingredients that you may have in your pantry. Have za'atar with bread dip in olive oil, sprinkle on hummus or eggs,  or use as marinade or rub onto your favourite meat.

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