8 Tablespoons White Sesame Seeds
12 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (8 Tablespoons if using dried thyme)
1 Tablespoon of salt
2 Teaspoons of black pepper
4 Tablespoons of ground sumac
In 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, continue stirring, then transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Grind the thyme leaves to a coarse powder in a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle, set aside. Grind into a coarse powder the sesame seeds and salt. Combine all ingredients with the Sumac and store in a tightly sealed spice jar or glass container.
This recipe makes about 2 1/4 cups.
Alternative to Thyme, you can use Bible hyssop or the wild thyme known as Zataar, but can be more bitter tasting and less aromatic than thyme-based zataar.