Park Slope Recipe by Tiny NY Kitchen: Victoria's Za’atar

Make this great Middle Eastern spice mixture of herbs, sesame seeds, sumac and salt for a great topping on warm flatbread.

Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice mixture of herbs, sesame seeds, sumac and salt. It is a spice blend that dates back to the 13th century. 

Za’atar is used many ways, but most frequently used as a table condiment. Dip warm flatbread into some olive oil and then dip into the Za’atar. Trust me, it’s delicious.

Za’atar also makes a great dry rub for both meats and vegetables. Sumac is a bit difficult to find. Go to a specialty spice store like, Kalustyans, or order online from Amazon.


  • 1/4 Cup Sumac
  • 2 Tablespoons Thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Marjoram
  • 2 Tablespoons Oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt



In a dry sauté pan, toast the sesame seeds on a high heat for two minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. In a small size bowl combine the sumac, thyme, toasted sesame seeds, marjoram, oregano and kosher salt. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Makes approximately 1/2 cup.

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Martha January 06, 2013 at 07:01 PM
What is sumac?
Victoria Hart Glavin January 08, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Martha, Thanks so much for your comment. Here is a link that will explain sumac. Have a great day today! Victoria http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumac


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