Za'atar spice mix

Chickpea Frittata with Sage & Rosemary (Vegan)

Happy November everyone! The past month has been a strange few weeks full of contradictions - sweet waves of happiness met with a lot of uncertainty. But as always, there's been lessons to take from it all. Luckily, we've had a lot of time recently to work on new recipes and be creative. The best way to spend our time, without any doubt! 

This vegan frittata is our go-to lunch at the moment... but we've also eaten it for breakfast, dinner and an occasional afternoon snack. Don't judge, it's just really tasty! And it's incredible paired with our za'atar spice mix on top. 

Vegan Chickpea Frittata

We were slightly apprehensive about making a vegan 'omelette' or 'frittata' type dish - I've got to admit I had some doubts about it. But I was completely wrong - the texture and flavours ended up being so delicious! We've tried a few different combinations of ingredients - including a masala version or a simple basil one. But this is definitely our favourite - the sage and rosemary give it such an incredible flavour!

We've kept our ingredients simple, but this would also be great with some different vegetables. I'm thinking spinach, peppers, mushrooms or kale. Let us know if you try any different flavour combinations in the comments below! You should be able to find chickpea flour in any asian supermarket or health shop ... we've found it in the world foods aisle at most supermarkets too. And it's normally really affordable - which is always a bonus! 

Vegan Chickpea Frittata

2 cups of finely ground chickpea flour (May be packaged as besan or gram flour)
2 medium onions, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 and 1/2 cups of water
12 sage leaves
2 medium sprigs of rosemary
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 teaspoon of sumac
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoon of good quality oil (for frying)

1) In a saucepan, fry the onions in the oil until golden. Add the garlic, rosemary + sage and fry for 2-3 more minutes. Turn off the heat and put aside. 
2)In a bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, paprika, salt, sumac & water to form the batter. Try to break up any lumps. 
3)Add your onion mixture from the pan into your mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly. 
4) Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan that has a lid. Add your mixture to the pan and cook on a medium heat with the lid on. Cook for roughly 10 minutes until the batter has just set on top. 
5) Using a spatula or a plate, flip your frittata and cook for another 5 minutes. It should be golden in colour once ready. 
6) Sprinkle with extra seasoning or spices and serve! The flavours of za'atar go perfectly with this. Click here for our recipe. 

Vegan Chickpea Frittata
Vegan Chickpea Frittata
Vegan Chickpea Frittata
Vegan Chickpea Frittata
Vegan Chickpea Frittata
Vegan Chickpea Frittata

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How to Make a Za'atar Spice Mix

I always find ancient rituals and practises so fascinating. Those special kind of recipes that have been handed down through the centuries... little traditions started by our ancestors so long ago.
Za'atar is one of those special traditions that traces far back in Middle Eastern cuisine. I'm sure that every country and family have their own unique version of this spice mix -  that's one of the things we love about it. But mainly, it's the flavour that we're obsessed with. This beautiful blend of herbs, sesame seeds and sumac is incredible sprinkled on top of so many dishes. It adds an extra twist of flavour and colour to even the simplest of meals - perfect for when you don't have much time. Try it on hummus, salad, soup, roasted vegetables or with olive oil as a dressing... there are endless possibilities for this tasty tradition! 

How to make Za'atar spice mix

Confusingly, Za'atar is also the name of a wild herb found in the Middle East, with a flavour somewhat similar to thyme. This is just a recipe for the spice mix, and doesn't require you to buy the wild herb!

If you aren't familiar with sumac, then we really recommend buying some. This ruby-red spice comes from a type of berry that grows in the mediterranean and middle east. It has a tangy, lemony flavour that tastes amazing and really enhances the za'atar mix. 

6 teaspoons of sesame seeds
4 teaspoons of sumac
4 teaspoons of oregano*
4 teaspoons of thyme*
a pinch of sea salt
*It's possible to use dried or fresh herbs, however you may find the mix lasts slightly longer using dried. 

1. In a small pan, toast the sesame seeds until golden. Turn off the heat and allow to cool. 
2. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. We like our za'atar to have more texture, so we just mix it together with a spoon...If you want a finer powder, feel free to grind the ingredients together using a pestle & mortar/processor. 
3. Once combined, place your mix in a jar and it's now ready to use! Store in a cool place and enjoy on your meals.