Za’atar (pronounced “ZAH-tar”) is common throughout the Middle East but especially around the Levant region. It’s the sumac that makes this recipe special – a flavorful, tangy berry.
1/4 cup ground sumac
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons dried marjoram
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Roast the sesame seeds by heating a small skillet or nonstick pan to medium heat. Without adding oil, pour the seeds in and shake the pan around and/or stir with a wooden spoon until they are light brown and fragrant. Transfer them to a bowl and allow them to cool before adding the other ingredients.
Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight jar.
Keywords: seasoning, Middle Eastern, condiment, herbs