Za'atar 2016


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(3 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 2 mins


makes 8

A fragrant Middle Eastern mix that will instantly add a savoury spice to any dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per tbsp

  • kcal26
  • fat2g
  • saturates0.3g
  • carbs0.2g
  • sugars0.1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt1.24g
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  • 2 tbsp cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 2 tbsp sumac



    This wine-coloured ground spice is one of the most useful but least known and most…


  1. Lightly toast the cumin seeds in a dry pan, just until they start to release their aroma. Grind them to a fine powder using a pestle and mortar then stir in all the other ingredients plus 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper. It is now ready to use in your recipes, but will keep in a clean jar or airtight container for a month.

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naomibrook01's picture
21st Nov, 2018
I don't want to rate this as it is a good recipe BUT feel that not listing salt and black pepper, as they are such big proportions in this dish, is not ideal
Yvonne Biasio's picture
Yvonne Biasio
30th Mar, 2020
It's the same proportions as other recipes that I've seen.
21st Apr, 2020
Slightly confusing: this recipe lists 'cumin' and 'sesame seeds' but then says to toast the 'cumin seeds'. Presumably this is supposed to be sesame seeds?
Esther_Deputyfoodeditor's picture
22nd Apr, 2020
Hey, Esther from the food team here! The recipe should say 'cumin seeds' you then grind them to a powder. So sorry for any inconvenience. Thanks for your question.
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