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How To Grind Sumac

Homemade Ground Sumac

Grinding sumac is a great way to add an extra boost of flavor and vibrant color to any dish.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Spices
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 1
Calories 162 kcal


  • 1 mortar and pestle
  • 1 bowl or container for collecting the ground spice.


  • 20 each Sumac Berries Dried or Fresh


  • Begin by placing about a tablespoon of dried or fresh berries into your mortar.
  • Using the backside of your pestle (or if you are using an electric grinder, submitting just a few at a time), firmly press down and grind the sumac until it forms a coarse powder.
  • Continue grinding until you have achieved the desired consistency.
  • If needed, use a whisk or sieve to remove any large clumps or bits of berry skins from the spice to obtain smooth sumac powder.
  • Then, carefully transfer your ground sumac to a clean bowl or container and store it in an airtight container until ready to use.


You can then use it to add a subtle sour flavor to your dishes or drinks. For example, try using ground sumac as a seasoning for chicken or fish or as a substitute for lemon juice or lemon zest in your favorite recipes.


Calories: 162kcal
Keyword Ground Sumac, sumac powder
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