This blend of nuts, seeds and spices originated in Egypt as a spread for flat bread or as a dip.
Benefits: Nuts and sesame seeds have unsaturated omega-6 fatty acids which are considered heart-healthy. Focusing on unsaturated fatty acids rather than saturated fats can improve cardiovascular health. Coriander seeds contain magnesium (which helps lower blood pressure) and selenium (which protects the heart and regulates blood clotting). Sumac also can help to decrease blood pressure. Cumin has iron which transports oxygen around the body, and manganese which is part of an enzyme that fights free radicals.
Yields about 1¾ cups
1/3 cup whole coriander seeds
3 Tbs. cumin seeds
1 cup toasted almonds or hazelnuts
1 tsp. sea salt
2 Tbs. sumac
¼ cup toasted sesame seeds