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Sprinkle the Middle Eastern spice blend za'atar over anything savory—if you have a full spice drawer, it's easy to make your own like Rach. 

Rach uses this mix in her Spring Pasta With Creamy Tahini Sauce and Charred Asparagusthis yummy chicken dinner and her Steaks With Tahini Caesar Salad.


  • 4 tablespoons sumac
  • 4 tablespoons toasted sesame seed
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano or dried marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground Aleppo or ancho or Urfa chili


Serves: Makes about 1 cup


Combine all in an airtight container and store in a cool place.