Za’atar: All About The Zesty Middle-Eastern Seasoning
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The Middle Eastern seasoning mix you've been missing is za'atar. It is one of the most popular spice blends in Middle Eastern. This amazing seasoning blend uses top-notch herbs and spices to provide a taste combination that will completely transform your food. This spice blend is an essential component of many Middle Eastern meals. There are very few savoury recipes that could not be enhanced with a dab of this adaptable mixture, much as salt brings out the flavour of foods. This herb and spice mixture has been in various forms since the Middle Ages, and it is a staple in all the Middle Eastern nations. Za'atar is typically made up of dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, sumac, toasted sesame seeds, and salt. However, like with any ancient spice mixture, there are various variations and a variety of viewpoints regarding the ideal ratio for each ingredient.  

Za'atar can be bought already made, but it's equally simple to make your own at home. You might be surprised at how such a basic blend can have such strong flavours: Za'atar's overall flavour is acidic and toasted; the sumac adds a citrus flavour, the oregano a mild bitterness, and the marjoram a trace of sweetness. Making your own at home has the advantage that you can play with amounts until you find the ideal ‘ghar ka masala’. Sprinkle it on bread, dips, meat, veggies, grains, potatoes, pasta, soups, and sauces once you've made a batch. It would be difficult to find a savoury dish that za'atar wouldn't enhance. 

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Make your own Za’atar. Here is the recipe!


1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds 

1/4 cup ground sumac 

2 tbsp dried thyme 

2 tbsp dried marjoram 

2 tbsp dried oregano 

1 tbsp coarse salt


Assemble the components. In a spice grinder, food processor, or mortar and pestle ground the sesame seeds. Once done, transfer it to a jar, add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Enjoy using in your preferred meal and turn your simple dishes into Middle Eastern meals. 

There are two types of za'atar: red za'atar and green za'atar. The main distinction between the two is the proportion of green herbs to red sumac. The balanced flavour of green za'atar may be used more frequently in recipes than the red type. 

Za'atar should be kept in an airtight container or a plastic zip-top bag and kept in a cool, dark spot. It can last between three and six months if it is stored properly. 

We strongly advise making your own za'atar because there is no comparison, regardless of whether you have never tasted it or have only had meals seasoned with it. This combination, which has a distinct flavour and is incredibly adaptable, will change whatever cuisine you add to!