Simple Homemade Za'atar


    Za'atar is easy to make at home from scratch with just four ingredients. While in Lebanon wild thyme is used, regular thyme from the supermarket or your garden makes a fine substitute. Za'atar refers both to the thyme plant itself, as well as this spice mix.

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    Makes: 7 tablespoons

    • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
    • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
    • 1 tablespoon sumac
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

    Preparation:5min  ›  Ready in:5min 

    1. If desired, toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan over medium heat till just golden. Remove from heat.
    2. Combine sesame seeds with remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir. Use immediately, or store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

    Cook's note

    For a simple and delicious way to use za'atar, sprinkle the spice mixture over a plate of labneh and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with pitta bread as a dip.

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