Zatar mix is a mixture of spices that is very popular in the Middle East. It is said that it makes the kids smart, which is why it is popular to send the kids off to school with either a breakfast of a zatar sandwich with olive oil or as a portable lunch – or both.
Buying a mixture from a store is definitely not the same as a homemade mixture. They key is in the toasted sesame. Some people add nuts also to the mixture, but not necessary, but if you feel like it, you can. I could swear that a mixture I bought one time was made with green died hamster shavings! Fortunately, this tasty mix can be made at home, you just have to find the source for the thyme and sumac which can be found in Middle Eastern stores, or there are some good organic sources such as Mountain Rose Herbs, Bulk Herb Store, and I’m sure others. Please let us know if you have found any other sources.
- 1 C thyme,dried and powdered
- 1 1/2 C toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tsp. unrefined salt
- 2 Tbs. sumac
- Mix all herbs together and adjust taste accordingly. The ingredients should be used as an outline only. If its too tangy, add more toasted sesame and salt if needed.
- Store in an airtight container (preferably glass).
Zatar mana’eesh using either a gluten free dough recipe or this recipe/instructions and instead of cheese, make a paste by mixing zatar and olive oil, spread over unbaked dough rounds and then bake as directed in the link.
Sprinkled on veggies with olive oil
Sprinkled on any cheese, lebneh, cottage cheese, etc… with tomato and/or cucumber