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Zahtar - (pronounced 'sach-turr')

This is a seasoning - made with toasted sesame seeds, herbs and spices - used in the Middle-East to sprinkle on bread, or with the addition of olive oil, used as a dipping condiment.

Sumac is available from Middle Eastern grocers, and can be ground in a pestle and mortar or in a coffee grinder reserved for the use of spices.

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Key Features

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Suitable for Vegans


40g/1½ oz Toasted Sesame Seeds
40g/1½ oz Sesame seeds finely-ground in a pestle and mortar or a coffee grinder reserved for spices
1 teaspoon (5ml) fine Sea Salt
½ teaspoon (2ml) freshly-ground Black Pepper
1 teaspoon (5ml) Dried Thyme
½ teaspoon (2ml) Cumin Seeds
1 teaspoon (5ml) Powdered Sumac – see above
3 tablespoons (45ml) Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the olive oil to make a paste.

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