Recipe ©copyright Julie Le Clerc, from Taking Tea in the Medina cookbook (Penguin Books NZ)

Makes 1 1/4 cups

Za’atar is the Arabic name for dried thyme but it also refers to a mixture of dried thyme combined with sesame seeds and the powdered sour berry known as sumac. This za’atar mix is commonly used as a topping for flatbread which is often eaten for breakfast or as a street-food snack.

1/2 cup dried thyme
1/4 cup sumac
1/4 cup lightly toasted sesame seeds


Combine all ingredients. Store in a sealed jar and use within 1 month.