Sesame seeds 2 Tbsp.

Fresh thyme leaves

Dried thyme 2 Tbsp.

Salt ½ tsp.

Ground sumac ½-1 tsp.

1. Place a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sesame seeds and toast, stirring constantly, until they start to change color and give off a slight roasted grain aroma. Remove from the heat, still stirring, then transfer to a bowl and set aside.

2. Grind the thyme leaves to a coarse powder in a spice or coffee grinder or a mortar. Add the sesame seeds and salt, and grind to a powder. Add the sumac. Store in a tightly sealed spice jar or other glass container.

This recipe can also be made using hyssop rather than thyme, but it can be bittertasting and less aromatic than thyme-based zatar.