If you haven't yet dived into the world of za'atar, you're in for a treat. This Middle Eastern spice blend has a history as rich as its flavor. Traditionally, za'atar is a mix of dried herbs like thyme, combined with sesame seeds, sumac, and salt. It's been a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries, loved for its nutty, tangy, and herby profile.
But here's my twist: I start by toasting cumin and coriander seeds until they're fragrant and just begging to be ground into a fine powder. This little step might seem small, but it makes a world of difference, adding an incredible depth to the za'atar. It's like unlocking a whole new level of flavors – earthy, warm, and with a slight citrusy undertone.
Whether you're sprinkling it on flatbreads, stirring into dips, or seasoning vegetables, this homemade za'atar is a game-changer. It's not just a spice blend; it's a journey through history and flavor, right from your kitchen.
(Make 1/2 Cup)
Cumin Seeds, 3 TBSP
Coriander Seeds, 3 TBSP
Sesame Seeds, 1 TBSP
Dried Thyme, 1 TBSP
Sumac, 1 TBSP
Sea Salt, 1/2 TSP
Chili Flakes, 1/2 TSP
Cast Iron Skillet / Pan
In a skillet over medium heat, add cumin and coriander.
Toast until aromatic.
Remove from heat and transfer into a spice grinder.
Blitz until powder forms.
Transfer to a sterilized jar.
Toast sesame seeds in the same skillet until aromatic and lightly brown.
Transfer to the same jar.
Add in the rest of the ingredients.
Give it a shake to combine well.
Store in a cool and dry place. I prefer storing my spices in the freezer.