There is Something Almost Magical
in the Power-Health Herbal Mixture of our Zaatar…
Zaatar, that mystical-like aromatic mixture of ours, has seen some variations in recent years. Since the main required ingredients are the Thyme, the Sumac and the sesame seeds, many have undertaken to stick to these with a dash of salt. Even the quantity of these ingredients are differing nowadays for the same recipe.
So I decided to go the farther back I could to get the recipe from where it originated: our villages.
Zaatar is the name of a wild Thyme that bursts out in bushes through the wilderness of our mountains and valleys. Wild Thyme grows also in variety, some are edible fresh in salad, and some are dried up and mixed with other dried herbs and spices to bring out the Zaatar Mixture you know.
Most people, even in Lebanon, know the Zaatar as the dry mixture, and rarely as the fresh salad. It is popular though in the North of Lebanon, and in the regional Mezza.
Zaatar Mixture: Traditional Rich Recipe
I am giving you today a recipe that yields not less than 4 lbs and for a good reason. You are going to need them, sure, of course 🙂 but there is the fact that once the olive oil is added to it and mixed in, the mixture concentrates into smaller quantity.
That adding to my small household reality that that quantity of Zaatar mixture doesn’t last a week before it is all consumed…. just spread on bread. And since this mixture lasts well stored, do not hesitate to keep more handy.
The Super Health Power of our Zaatar will amaze you!
Nine culinary Dry Herbs, each bringing in its great health benefits:
Dry Thyme, Sesame Seeds, Sumac, Marjoram, Cinnamon, Coriander, Fennel, Anis, and Cumin, and when you add to this powerful mixture the multi-healing Extra-Virgin Olive Oil for a creamy spread to wrap in bread or to bake a Manoush, consider the fuel of health you are gifting yourself.
To Your Good Health, Enjoy!
- 2 cups Dry Thyme
- 1 1/2 cups Sesame Seeds toasted
- 1 1/2 cup Ground Sumac
- 1/2 cup Dry Marjoram
- 1 tsp Coriander
- 1 tsp Ground Cummin
- 1 tsp Ground Fennel
- 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 tbsp Ground Anis
- 1 tbsp Salt
If your sesame seeds are not roasted, place them in a pan over medium heat and stir for few minutes until light golden. Set aside.
In a bowl, mix well all the other ingredients with a spoon then add the toasted sesame seeds and mix well.
To Store & Preserve
Place the Zaatar mixture in an airtight container or in a kitchen plastic bag and close it well.
The Zaatar mixture with its great variety of nutrients and benefits can be consumed as follows:
1- Dry: sprinkled on salads or to coat the Labneh Cheese-Ball. (check my recipe)
2- Mixed with Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: Spread on a bread as a sandwich or on a dough to bake into a delicious Man'oush,
Mix it well with olive oil, basing your measurements as follows:
2-3 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin) for 2 tbsp of Zaatar.
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