Za’atar Spice

I do like to try dishes from around the world and have read a lot about the middle eastern spice blend, Za’atar. I have been meaning to make it for some time but one of the key ingredients is sumac. This is not a readily available spice in a small city in the Canadian Rockies.

I was in our local bulk food store and noted they had sumac! The time had arrived.

I did some experimenting and found the following to be the blend that suited my tastes while maintaining the main ingredients.

  • 7.5 ml (1/2 tablespoon) dried thyme
  • 7.5 ml (1/2 tablespoon) cumin
  • 7.5 ml (1/2 tablespoon) ground coriander
  • 7.5 ml (1/2 tablespoon) sesame seeds
  • 7.5 ml (1/2 tablespoon) ground sumac
  • 7.5 ml (1/2 tablespoon) dried oregano
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground pepper
  • 4 ml (3/4 teaspoon) kosher salt

I mixed them all together and stored them in a jar.

The Verdict

This is a truly distinct spice blend. There are the great Mediterranean flavours of coriander, cumin, thyme and oregano but the sumac gives a strong, almost floral taste. The sesame seeds brown when cooked and a touch of nutty flavour. This is very tasty but I suspect you haven’t had tastes like this before if you are new to middle eastern cooking. Among my friends it seems to be they love it or hate it.

I love it.

It is great on grilled meat, fish or chicken but remember it is strongly flavoured and use it accordingly.

The Old Fat Guy

Za’atar Spice

Za’atar Spice

Ingredients

  • 7.5 ml (1/2 tablespoon) dried thyme
  • 7.5 ml (1/2 tablespoon) cumin
  • 7.5 ml (1/2 tablespoon) ground coriander
  • 7.5 ml (1/2 tablespoon) sesame seeds
  • 7.5 ml (1/2 tablespoon) ground sumac
  • 7.5 ml (1/2 tablespoon) dried oregano
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground pepper
  • 4 ml (3/4 teaspoon) kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Mix together and store in a sealed container.
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