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Ingredient–  Za’atar


Za’atar is a generic name for a family of related Middle Eastern herbs from the genera Origanum (oregano), Calamintha (basil thyme), Thymus (typically Thymus vulgaris, i.e., thyme), and Satureja(savory). It is also the name for a condimentmade from the dried herb(s), mixed with sesame seeds, dried sumac, and often salt, as well as other spices.

Za’atar is traditionally dried in the sun and mixed with salt, sesame seeds and sumac. It is commonly eaten with pita, which is dipped in olive oil and then za’atar. When the dried herb is moistened with olive oil, the spread is known as za’atar-wu-zayt or zeit ou za’atar (zeitor zayt, meaning “oil” in Arabic and “olive” in Hebrew). This mixture spread on a dough base and baked as a bread, produces manakeesh bi zaatar.

The fresh za’atar herb is used in a number of dishes. Borek is a common bread pastry that can be stuffed with various ingredients, including za’atar. A salad made of fresh za’atar leaves is also popular throughout the Levant.[wikipedia]


How to make at home? So here are few recipes where you can make Za’atar at home-

Zaatar: Homemade Zaatar Spice Mix | Fresh Bites Daily

Za’atar Recipe – 101 Cookbooks


Where to buy Za’atar ? Here are few sources from where you can buy your Za’atar mix-

Gourmet Food India 

Indian Foods Co


Want to spice up your dish? So here are some dishes where you can use Za’atar as an ingredient.

Za’atar Pita Bread

Za’atar Roasted Chickpea Salad [Vegan]

Sweet Potato “Fries” with Za’atar and Labneh


Image credits-  Syrian Foodie In London and Akluna

Tejas Shah
Tejas is the Founder and Chief Food Blogger of KhaiPeeneJalsa. While people practice yoga as a stress-buster, Tejas takes to cooking. His craze for food is such that he can drive hundreds of miles for a delicious meal. For the most part, his world revolves around food.

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