Za’atar

Za’atar

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Moorish
Makes
130 g
Photographer
Mark Roper

Za’atar is the Arabic word for wild thyme, and for the spice mix made with the herb, roasted sesame seeds and the ground sour red berries of the sumac tree. It is dearly beloved in the Middle East, where it is eaten virtually daily, sprinkled on dishes as a garnish, or mixed with olive oil to make a paste. Greg always has a little jar of it in the fridge, which he eats on toast for breakfast instead of Vegemite!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1/3 cup sumac
1 cup za’atar
100ml olive oil

Method

  1. To make za’atar, you need to buy a bag of ground sumac and a bag of za’atar (which will actually be a mixture of wild thyme and sesame seeds) from a Middle Eastern food store. Combine the two in a ratio of three za’atar to one sumac (it makes sense to begin with a tablespoon measure) and store in an airtight jar.
  2. Alternatively, stir in enough olive oil to make a loose paste. Store in a sealed jar in the fridge, where it will keep quite happily for a couple of months.
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