Za’atar is an Arabic mix of spices made from roasted sesame, cumin, sumac, marjoram, oregano and salt.
Za’atar is a great mixture of spices used for Arabic dishes, such as Borek or Salads. It’s made of roasted sesame, cumin, sumach, marjoram, oregano, and salt.
I usually mix up a good amount of Za’atar and keep it in a little jar. When I use the spice for cooking, I blend the amount of Za’atar I need for the dish in a blender/mortar before I use it for the dishes. It brings out the flavor and combines all the spices and herbs perfectly. I would not recommend blending the whole mixture, as it gets mouldy after some weeks, while the mixture without blending will last for several months.
- 4 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
- 4 tbsp oregano
- 4 tsp marjoram
- 4 tsp cumin
- 3 tsp sumach
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 pinch of pepper
- Roast Sesame in a little pan. Be careful, it can burn very quickly.
- Once sesame cooled off, mix it with other herbs and spices.
- Keep mixture in a little jar at a dry place.
- Blend the amount of Za’atar you need for cooking certain dishes right before using it.