Dukkah (pronounced doo-kah) is a mixture of spices and nuts originating in Egypt. The name comes from the Egyptian Arabic word, meaning ‘to crush’ or ‘to pound’, which is precisely how dukkah is made! Spices, seeds, dried herbs, and nuts are placed into a mortar and ground. Although these days, most people will pulse the ingredients in a food processor to their preferred texture and use it as a condiment or keep the mixture chunky and eat it as a snack.
There is always some freshly made dukkah in my pantry. I enjoy the texture and flavours dukkah adds to dishes. I love tearing a small piece of fresh sourdough bread, gently dipping it into some warm olive oil, and moving it onto the plate filled with dukkah, smothering the bread and then enjoying the aromas and textures on my palate. I also crust fish fillets with dukkah and sprinkle it over salads.
Regularly adding spices, seeds, and nuts to your diet offers great health benefits. For example, hazelnuts are high in antioxidants, and cumin is antibacterial and anti-fungal. Adding spices, seeds and nuts to your diet regularly supports your immune system, helps regulate blood pressure and cholesterol and fights free radicals.
Dukkah - Makes 1 large jar
What you need
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
½ cup hazelnuts
½ cup walnuts
½ cup pistachio kernals
2 tbsp almonds
1 tsp fennel seeds
3 tbsp coriander seeds
3 tbsp sesame seeds, white
2 tbsp sesame seeds black
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp green peppercorns
1 tbsp sweet paprika powder
1 tsp sea salt (coarse)
What you need to do
- Lightly roast the hazelnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds in a pan—about three minutes. Watch them, as if they burn, the taste will be bitter. When done, put aside in a bowl and allow to cool.
- Next, place the fennel, cumin, coriander, and white sesame seeds in the pan and lightly roast for 2 minutes. When done, put aside in a bowl and allow to cool.
- Once the spices and seeds have cooled for around 5 minutes, place them in the food processor and pulse intermittently until a ‘crunchy’ mix has formed.
- Add in the green peppercorns, sea salt, black sesame seeds and paprika powder. Pulse one more time.
- Pour the dukkah mixture into a jar that will close airtight.
Play around with different spices and nuts and create your own dukkah recipe. Let me know in the comments below how you dukkah!
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Blog posts are not intended to provide medical advice or take the place of medical advice and treatment from your doctor. Readers are advised to consult their qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Ocea Marie does not take any responsibility for possible health consequences for anyone reading or following the information available on the blog. All readers, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their doctor before beginning any nutrition or supplement program.
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