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Mock Za’atar


Although the herb za’atar is used throughout most of the Middle East, the classic spice mix bearing its name is found only in the Levant. Some recipes add ground nuts, others ground dried chickpeas. Since it is so rare in the West, few recipes call for the actual Origanum syriacum.


1. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan frequently, until lightly browned (two to three minutes). Let cool.
2. Combine all the ingredients.
3. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three months.