Za’atar (Zaatar) – Arabic Spice Mixture

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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.

Za’atar – Arabic Spice Mixture

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Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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  • 4 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
  • 4 tbsp oregano
  • 4 tsp marjoram
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 3 tsp sumach
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper


  1. Roast Sesame in a little pan. Be careful, it can burn very quickly.
  2. Once sesame cooled off, mix it with other herbs and spices.
  3. Keep mixture in a little jar at a dry place.
  4. Blend the amount of Za’atar you need for cooking certain dishes right before using it.

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