This aromatic mixture from North Africa is also found in Turkey and Jordan. It is sprinkled over tajines and vegetables. Tunisian cooks make a paste of it with olive oil and spread it on bread before baking. The cayenne is optional. Sumac seeds are found in Middle Eastern markets.
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons dried sumac seeds
- 1 tablespoon powdered dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
Dry-roast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Allow to cool, then mix with the sumac, thyme, and cayenne.