Tuna and Hummus with Zaatar

noun: hummus; noun: hoummos; noun: humous; noun: houmous
a thick paste or spread made from ground chickpeas and sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic, made originally in the Middle East.

from Arabic ḥummuṣ .

What is Zaatar?
Za’atar (Arabic: زَعْتَر‎ za‘tar, also romanized zaatar, za’tar, zatar, zatr, zattr, zahatar, zaktar or satar) is a generic name for a family of related Middle Eastern herbs from the genera Origanum (oregano), Calamintha (basil thyme), Thymus (typically Thymus vulgaris,
i.e., thyme), and Satureja (savory).[1] The name za’atar alone most properly applies to Origanum syriacum. It is also the name for a condiment made from the dried herb(s), mixed with sesame seeds, dried sumac, and often salt, as well as other spices.[2] Used in Arab cuisine, both the herb and spice mixture are popular throughout the Middle East.

So last night I was starving, not because I was fasting, no, just because I get hungry like that. Often..

Having found that Desais butcher in Durban stocks tins of ready to eat hummus, I couldn’t wait to open my tin to find out if it was as good as homemade hummus. So, I set about making myself a sandwich, well, more like a submarine since it consisted of so many ingredients *grin*

– I slit a hot dog roll.
– Spread on some tuna mixed in mayo.
– I topped that with chopped onion and tomato.
– Onto the opposite side I added a lashing of the hummus.
– I then topped that with Greek yoghurt and sprinkled on loads of Zaatar.

Madness, yes! Strange combo, probably! Tasty? ABSOLUTELY! Will I make it again? Can’t wait!!!

As for the hummus, it surpassed all expectations. Tasted as good as homemade hummus. Quick and easy for mezze platters when you have unexpected guests or just to enjoy as a snack. I emptied it out of the tin into a bowl, topped with olive oil and sprinkled with paprika.

* Zaatar can be purchased from IG Hoosens in Durban. It is delicious sprinkled over Greek yoghurt and served with a side of avocado and olives, eaten with a crusty bread, as seen in the picture below of my lunch.


2 thoughts on “Tuna and Hummus with Zaatar

  1. Slms..I know exactly what u mean..my family in palestine(hubby and I were adopted by the Mansour family).when we went for ramadaan 2010 was given a huge packet of home made zatar..have it with pita bread and olive oil..will now try your sandwich..slms

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