Never had I heard of Dukkah until I was vising Marc and Ivan last week. I swear I had he and Ivan explain it to me several times. My interrogation went something like this, “You mean its just nuts and a few spices toasted? and it tastes this good? seriously, what is it?” I had to google it, turns out Dukkah is just nuts and a few spices toasted, and yes it tastes that good. What do you do with it? Put Dukkah on soups, on humus, with olive oil for bread dips, eat with a spoon, toss in a salad it is exceptionally versatile.
The real effort is roaming the bulk foods aisle to compile the nuts and spices. when that is done its less then 15 minutes of work.
It is about that much volume, which is a lot, about a quart. It will last for a while, which is great thing, as we eat it a lot.
Don’t let the sheer list of ingredients scare you once you have them, its so simple to make.
Toast in two batches
Batch one Toast the various nuts
Batch two toast the various spices
Add a few more spices and pulse in a food processor.
It is important to note, this recipe makes a lot of Dukkah, a full quart. if you want less pare it back. This is my own nut and spice blend, I like pepitos (pumpkin seeds) for example, so I added them. You can be a bit creative, but don’t stray too far from home either.
My take on a Egyptian nut and spice blend
- 1/3 cup Sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup Pepitos
- 3/4 cup Hazelnuts or Walnuts
- 1/3 cup Almonds
- 3 tsp Fennel seeds
- 1/3 cup Coriander seeds
- 1/3 cup Flax seeds
- 3 tblsp Cumin seeds
- 1/3 cup Sesame seeds
- 3 tblsp White Peppercorns
- 3 tblsp Aleppo chili (or Paprika powder)
- 3 tsp coarse Sea salt
- 3 tsp Cumin powder
Nuts and Seeds toast for 3-4 minutes on medium high. when toasted Pulse in a food processor, to a rough nut blend.
1/3 cup Sunflower seeds
1/3 cup Pepitos
3/4 cup Hazelnuts or Walnuts
1/3 cup Almonds
Spices toast for about 4 minutes medium high flip often, when toasted add to food processor pulse a few more times
3 tsp Fennel seeds
1/3 cup Coriander seeds
1/3 cup Flax seeds
3 tblsp Cumin seeds
1/3 cup Sesame seeds
Add the remaining and pulse a couple more times
3 tblsp White Peppercorns
3 tblsp Aleppo chili (or Paprika powder)
3 tsp coarse Sea salt
3 tsp Cumin powder
Let cool, and put in a jar
Serve with soups, hummus, oil and bread, top a salad, and whatever else you dream up!
A Vegetables Best Friend
Want to add some extra oomph to simple steam vegetables – sprinkle with Dukkah just before serving – absolutely divine and takes a veggie like broccoli to new heights of flavour.