Recipe: Sumac and Thyme Mixture – Za’tar

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Za’tar, a mix of sumac and spices, gives olives, yogurt, and bread an exotic burst of flavour.

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘The Tart Taste of Sumac‘.

Sumac is an important ingredient in this dish that is used to season other foods. As flavouring, it gives bread, olives, and yogurt an exquisite taste. Za’tar is found mixed and ready for use in almost all Middle Eastern markets located in every large city in North America. If it cannot be found, this simple recipe can be used to create your own.


  • 1 cup dry and pulverized thyme leaves
  • 1 cup dried sumac fruit
  • 1/4 cup finely pulverized unsalted roasted chickpeas
  • 3 Tbsp sesame seed, toasted
  • 1 Tbsp marjoram
  • 2 tsp salt

1) Mix all the ingredients together, then store in a jar for future use.

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