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Dukkah Spice Mix

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What is dukkah?

Dukkah (pronounced doo-kah) is an Egyptian nut, seed, and spice mix used as a topping and dip for meat, fish, and vegetables. It’s often made with peanuts, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, cumin, and coriander – but there are multiple variations made with different ingredients. 

Dukkah, in Arabic, means “to crush” or “to blend”. In Egypt, dukkah is used as an all-purpose spice and often families and vendors have their own blends. Because the seeds, spices, and nuts are crushed, they meld together to create an aromatic blend. The versatile blend can be used as a rub on fish or meat, sprinkled on salad, or stirred into a dip (hummus, yogurt, or muttabel) to add some complexity. 

Recipes Using Dukkah

Dukkah is such a good all purpose spice. It’s wonderful on top of dips, spread across roasted veggies, and in salads and soups. If you’re wondering how to use dukkah, check out these excellent recipes:


How to Make Dukkah

nuts and spices on a baking sheet
pistachios, sesame seeds, and spices
spices and nuts in a mortar and pestle

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Dukkah Spice Mix

Dukkah Spice Mix

This dukkah spice mix is infinitely useful and tasty!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 cup shelled roasted pistachios
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. On a lined cookie sheet (use a silpat or parchment), sprinkle the pine nuts, hazelnuts, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and thyme. Bake for 8 minutes or until the hazelnuts are dark brown.
  3. In a mortar and pestle, combine the hazelnut mixture and the rest of the ingredients. Crush to combine.

Where to Buy Dukkah

Dukkah is available in most grocery stores and from several online vendors. When buying spices, it’s important to make sure you are buying from distributers that sell high-quality spices. One I trust is this Egyptian Dukkah Spice Blend.

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