Zaatar is a spice and herb blend from the middle east. You can find in all the houses around the middle east. Even here in Canada, every middle eastern person i know has a bag in their kitchen! It’s that important!
Zaatar has an amazing and unique flavor that is aromatic, and tangy at the same time.
In arabic, Zaatar means thyme; it is actually a blend of dried thyme, sesame seeds and sumac. And it is this combination that gives Zaatar its unique flavor.
Zaatar is used through out the middle east , sprinkled on hummus, on grilled chicken, mixed in with feta cheese or combined with tomatoes and onions..Combined with olive oil, it makes a tasty paste for dipping bread.
Benefits of Zaatar (of course there are benefits!)
*Thyme: an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties that benefit brain function and the heart. (When i was a kid my parents used to tell me to have Zaatar in the morning before school, it opens up the brain!)
*Sesame seeds: contains calcium, copper and a type of phystoterol that can reduce blood cholesterol levels and boost immunity.
*Sumac: this spice is a burgundy red powder with a somewhat lemony flavor. It is an antioxidant as well and is known to soothe stomach upsets.
See how beneficial Zaatar is for your health? And you’re going to love its taste!
You can make your own Zaatar or buy it, both the Zaatar and its ingredients are available at middle eastern food stores or speciality food stores.
One of the most common ways to eat Zaatar is to have a” Man’ouche”, a flat bread dough with zaatar and olive oil.
Here’s how to do it the easy way!
Use a pizza dough for the flat bread.
Mix 2-3 tablespoons of Zaatar with olive oil till you get a rather liquid paste. Pour over the dough and cook in oven till crispy.
Cut it in slices and eat with yogurt, yummm!
This Zaatar pizza is very easy to freeze and tastes exactly the same when you warm it up again. Enjoy!
*images via, pinterest,medcookingalaska