The most important use of the herb Origanum Syriacum (a type of Zaatar plant) is by making Zaatar Spice.
First step in make Zaatar Spice is by taking the Zaatar herb leaves off of the plant.
Place raw Sesame Seeds into a frying pan and roast on top of a stove (preferably a gas stove).
Add Sumac or Sumaq to Zaatar leaves. Sumac is a red berry that will add tartness to the Zaatar Spice.
Add the roasted Sesame Seeds to the Zaatar Spice mix.
Place the Zaatar Spice into a mortar and pestle or electric blender. Crush the mix till there is a soft and fluffy consistency.
Add additional spices – Salt, crushed dried garbanzo beans, cumin, fennel, anise, etc..
** I do not add anything else but Zaatar herbs, Sumac & Sesame Seeds. **
Step 7 – Optional
I always test my mix by placing a small amount of Zaatar Spice with olive oil to see the ratio of sumac, zaatar herb and sesame seeds within the mix. Creating a small amount of Zaatar Paste is key to testing your newly created Zaatar Spice mix.