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za’atar blend

Interacting with this blend reminds my body of the fragrance of Palestinian markets, the history of Palestinians enjoying it, and the laughter I experienced making a mess the first time I made this.


Glass jar

Mortar and pestle

3 tablespoons Thyme leaves

2 tablespoons Sesame seeds

1 tablespoon Coriander seeds

1 tablespoon Sumac powder

1 tablespoon Cumin seeds


Place the thyme leaves, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds in the mortar and pestle. Crush until smooth.

Place it all in the glass jar. Add in sesame seeds and sumac powder.

Close the jar and mix it all.

*You can multiply these servings to adjust to the size of your glass jar. This can be stored for 1 year.

*If all of these are already in powder form, skip the mortar and pestle and blend directly in the glass jar.

Beyond the delicious taste, this can be thought of as medicine for your body. There are over 15 health benefits that are present in this mix.

Thyme: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, treats indigestion, and helps lower blood pressure

Sumac: antioxidant, high in vitamin C and omega 3 fatty acid, helps sore throat, lowers high fever

Coriander: decreases skin inflammation, prevents anaemia, lessens bloating

Sesame: lowers cholesterol, full of protein, improves heart health

Cumin: antiseptic, fortifies digestive tract, helps control blood sugar

I encourage you to source these ingredients directly from a community that makes it, if the option exists. And if possible, ask them about their story or history of growing and making these spices.

When I purchased these spices from this family-run local market, I got to learn about where these spices grow and how beneficial they are for our health.