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Nov 17, 2013 06:43 PM

Zahtar, sumac and smoked red paprika

On my recent visit to a Persian market in NY, I bought these 3 spices but I have no idea how they are what should I cook with them? Any good recipes?

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  1. OMG you need to make this chicken.... sumac is only used as a garnish at the end, but the whole thing is so good:

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    1. re: juliejulez

      That sounds really good.

      I also wonder if I can just put it into any tagine recipe as well.

    2. Great on oven roasted vegetables. I always use all three, plus some cumin and cinnamon.

      1. Za'atar is great on oatmeal.

        Sumac is great as a "finishing salt" on tropical fruits like mangoes, papaya, persimmons, etc.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          It's kind of interesting to read that sumac, a Persian spice, is good on tropical fruits....(persimmon I get).
          so sumac is more like a finishing spice..not a spice you cook with...

        2. The za'atar is great with most middle eastern dishes- hummus, a cous-cous/veg/chickpea/tomato sauce tagine, etc. I've purchased fresh pita with za'atar before and it was so simple yet really amazing.

          The smoked red paprika makes me think of spanish food, a simple roasted potatoes with olive oil and the paprika would be great and colorful, also pairs well with eggs, shellfish and sausages.

          1. I love sumac on fried eggs or on hummus. Za'atar is great on warm pita, heat pita, brush with olive oil and top with the spice mix.

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            1. re: LisaN

              My kids love pita bread that way