Za’atar is a combination of a handful of different spices that packs a punch of flavor. Simply grind and put into a sealed container and sprinkle on almost anything!
Za’atar spice mix a staple in my pantry made the cut because of its versatility and also because I am addicted to it! I rub them on meat, toss them with sautéed vegetables and stir them into dips and dressings. It also makes for a great edible gift!
- 1/4 cup Sumac
- 2 tablespoons thyme fresh leaves or dried
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds roasted
- 3 tablespoon Oregano or do marjoram and oregano 50-50. I was out of marjoram so added only oregano
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt personal preference. You can just substitute with Kosher Salt or Sea Salt.
- Bring all the ingredients together. Toss or stir with a spoon to blend it all together. I personally prefer coarsely grinding them with mortar and pestle.
- Transfer to a clean and dry airtight container. Use as required.
- Zatar can be used as spice rub on meat and vegetables. Tastes amazing when mixed with extra virgin olive oil as a dip. Can also be used to make dressings for salad.
Prerna is a food writer and photographer who contributes to sites like Menuism and WFAEeats (NPR Charlotte). With a goal of making Indian cuisine approachable, she created Indian Simmer, a blog nominated for 2011 Best Food Blogs by Saveur Magazine.