Za'atar is easy to make at home from scratch with just four ingredients. While in Lebanon wild thyme is used, regular thyme from the supermarket or your garden makes a fine substitute. Za'atar refers both to the thyme plant itself, as well as this spice mix.

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    Makes: 7 tablespoons

    • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
    • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
    • 1 tablespoon sumac
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

    Prep:5min  ›  Ready in:5min 

    1. If desired, toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan over medium heat till just golden. Remove from heat.
    2. Combine sesame seeds with remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir. Use immediately, or store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

    Cook's note

    For a simple and delicious way to use za'atar, sprinkle the spice mixture over a plate of labneh and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with pitta bread as a dip.



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