Zaatar is one of the main components of breakfast in the Middle East. You can eat it at dinner, too or snack on it when you You can easily make Zaatar at home and enjoy the fresh flavor and health benefits of this mix of spices.


Course: DipCuisine: Middle EasternDifficulty: Easy
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  • 1 cup dry oregano

  • 1 cup pistachio

  • 1 tablespoon dried cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon anise seeds

  • 1/2 cup sumac

  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds

  • 1/2 cup cumin seeds

  • 1/2 tablespoon sea salt


  • Place the sesame seeds in a skillet on the stove over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until the sesame seeds are fragrant and have a slight golden color. Transfer the seeds instantly to a different container to avoid over toasting.
  • Place the cumin seeds and the anise seeds together in the skillet and repeat the same process stirring constantly until the seeds are fragrant and lightly toasted. Transfer the toasted spices to a food processor and wait until they cool down.
  • Once the spices are cooled, add the dry cilantro and the pistachios to the spices. Process until you get well ground.
  • Transfer the mixture to a container and mix in the sesame seeds, the sumac, and the sea salt. You can add half the amount of salt at first, taste it, and adjust the amount to your liking.
  • The zaatar is now ready. Keep it in a glass jar and cover firmly.


  • You can use oregano or thyme to make this blend.
  • Store the zaatar at room temperature but if you do not use it all in a month you can put it in the refrigerator to ensure the freshness of the pistachios.
  • Some people use peanuts instead of pistachios or mix both.

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