Pile of Za'atar

Za'atar   -   Herb Mix
Levant
  -   Za'atar
Makes
Effort:
Sched:
DoAhead:  
4 ounce  
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12 min  
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The seasoning mix Za'atar is extremely important in the Levant. Unfortunately, a truly authentic version is near impossible to make in North America, and increasingly in the Levant itself, due to overharvesting of the most critical element, the herb Za'atar. We have to fake it up with other dried herbs - not the same, but, who will know? Commercial versions are also faked up, and not as good. This recipe is Lebanese style, but recipes vary widely, so feel free to adjust to your taste. This recipe fills a 4 ounce jar.




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Thyme, dried
Oregano, dried
Marjoram, dried
Sumac (1)
Cumin
Sesame Seeds
Salt
Make   -   (7 min)
  1. Toast SESAME SEEDS as in our recipe Toasted Sesame Seeds.
  2. Run HERBS and Sumac in a mini-prep processor or similar until fairly fine, but not to powder.
  3. Grind Cumin in a spice grinder. Mix with Herbs.
  4. Lightly Crush Sesame Seeds and mix with Herbs, along with Salt.
  5. Pack in a tightly sealed jar. Keep away from heat and sunlight and it'll keep 3 to 6 months.
NOTES:
  1. Sumac:   These crushed, moderately sour purple-red berries are are available in the spice section of any market serving a Levantine or Middle Eastern community. For details see our Sumac page.
  2. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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