Zaatar manakeesh

Zaatar manakeesh Zaatar manakeesh is a Middle Eastern herb and widely consumed with a number of dishes. Zaatar leaves grow best in warm arid weather. The leaves and seeds are then dried in the sun for a few days. The dried zaatar is flaky and lacks flavor. Hence it is usually moistened with some type of oil, usually olive oil, to release its aroma. Sometimes, salt needs to be sprinkled to add some taste to it. Zaatar can be consumed with a variety of nuts, sesame seeds, and sumac. The majority of middle easterners eat Zaatar with pita bread which is first dipped in olive oil. Almost every street vendor in the Middle East serves pita bread with olive oil or yogurt mixed with zaatar. Zaatar is somewhat similar to oregano. If you add too little, there is no flavor but if you add too much, the taste becomes bitter. So just the right amount is needed. Zaatar spread is often applied to bread, toasts, and pita. Street vendors all over the Middle East sell sesame bread with zaatar. Zaatar is also used a marinating oil for meats like lamb and vegetables. It can be sprinkled on hummus. During breakfast, Arabs routinely eat zaatar with yogurt, crème cheese, goat cheese and pita with ample olive oil. Fresh zaatar is used to flavor many types of Middle Eastern cuisine. The bread pastry, borek is often stuffed with many ingredients including zaatar. One can also make a salad with fresh zaatar leaves. Zaatar alone does not provide much aroma but when it is combined with finely chopped onions, fresh thyme, lemon juice, garlic, salt and olive oil, the taste can be awesome. In Oman and Yemen, zaatar is also added to beverages, especially herbal tea. The Arabs and Jewish settlers believe that zaatar also has mind-altering properties if consumed in high amount. Arab children are often encouraged to eat zaatar before exams as there is a belief that it leads to improved attention and concentration. Zaatar leaves or the dried powder is now available in most food store in North America. It is relatively cheap and once opened should be stored in an airtight container to retain its aroma. The dried leaves can last for a long time.

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    Zaatar manakeesh is a Middle Eastern herb and widely consumed with a number of dishes. Zaatar leaves grow best in

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