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Homemade Zahtar - Capture the Authentic Flavours of the Middle East
July 24, 2013

Homemade Zahtar - A Traditional Mix of Spices and Herbs For Middle East Flavours



1. Spice Mix Of The Month "Homemade Zahtar"

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Homemade Zahtar

Zahtar is a classic Middle Eastern mix of spices and herbs used as a general seasoning or infused in olive oil for use as a spread or dip for bread.

Ingredients: (makes 8-9 tbsp)

5 tbsp sesame seeds
3 tbsp ground sumac
2 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp coriander seeds (cilantro)
1 tbsp dill tips
2 tsp sea salt

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Dry toast the coriander and sesame seeds for a few minutes over a medium heat whilst stirring or shaking the pan. When you can smell the nutty aromas and they start to darken, they're ready to grind. (See below for tips on toasting and grinding spices)

  • Remove from the pan and let them cool

  • Add to your grinder and grind them with the dill and salt

  • Add to a bowl and mix in the sumac, thyme and oregano

    Store in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight and use within 3 months.

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    How to Toast and Grind

    A few people have asked how I toast and grind whole spices. It's really very easy...

  • Over a medium heat add your spices to a dry pan

  • Whilst stirring or shaking the pan; toast for a few minutes

  • When they start to darken and you can really smell their aromas, they're ready

  • Remove from the heat and let cool before grinding

    For photos of this simple process, Click here.

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