Za’atar spice mix

Za’atar is expensive to buy ready blended, and is so easy to do yourself!

Za’atar is one of my favourite discoveries in the past 6 months. I was introduced to it by Sabrina Ghaynour in her fabulous book Sirocco which is full of beautiful Middle-Eastern food ideas. Just before Christmas I hosted a Persian themed dinner party in which za’atar was a key ingredient! However, I have found it pretty expensive to by compared to other spice mixes, and so far I have only seen it in Sainsburys and Waitrose so it’s not super-easy to get your hands on. That is why I had a go at making my own blend, and I got a huge jar of it from buying the separate ingedients for the same price as buying a teeny jar ready made. 

If you’re not sure what to do with it, check out my Pulled Persian chicken recipe, or the butterbean and za’atar dip. Its also fabulous just rubbed onto chicken and grilled!


My Recipe

Syns: 12 in the whole amount
Healthy Extra:


  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 4 tbsp sumac
  • 4 tbsp oregano
  • 4 tbsp cumin
  • 4 tbsp marjoram


  1. dry fry the sesame seeds for a minute, just until they start popping, and then remove from the heat
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together and store in a sealed jar or tupperware.

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