here comes a handy, simple, quick and delicious recipe of dukkah/dukka/duqqa. its from the egyptian cuisine and is a wonder blend made with nuts, seeds and spices. very healthy and very nutritious.
usually as a snack, crusty breads are dipped in olive oil and then in the dukkah. this is served as a starter also.
the word dukkah is such a strange word. it reminded me of the buddhist concept of dukkha. but the word duqqa is derived from arabic langauge which means to pound.
so, being an indian, how did i come to know about dukkah. courtesy, my australian friend… and i also came to know that’s its very popular in australia as well. read more about dukkah here.
at home we use the dukkah on toasted bread drizzled with some olive oil and also on salads and rice. it really enhances the flavor of the food and is yummy…..
generally hazelnuts are used for making dukkah. but other nuts can also be used like almonds, pistachios, pinenuts, walnuts or even a combination of them.
sesame seeds are added in the dukkah. but along with sesame seeds you could add seeds like sunflower seeds, melon seeds, pumpkin seeds and even flax seeds or a combo of all these seeds. but remember if you use flax seeds you have to keep the dukkah in the freezer and use in a week’s time, as later the flax seeds get rancid.
ok…. so lets start the dukkah recipe… take almonds and roast them in a pan or in the oven. keep aside
start roasting the sesame seeds in a pan.
and roast the sesame seeds till they become pale brown as shown in the pic below. remove and keep aside.
in the same pan, now roast the coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds and peppercorns till they become fragrant. keep aside.
i added the almonds first to grind in the grinder, as i wanted them a little fine, than the rest of the ingredients.
after the almond was ground, i added all of the other ingredients to the grinder.
and yes even remembered to add salt.
ground the whole mixture till i got a desired level of coarseness and then stored it in an airtight container.
tips for dukkah recipe:
- to increase the hotness you can add some dry red chilies or even red chili flakes.
- adding dry mint will give a fragrant coolness to the duqqa.
- some dukkah recipes have also marjoram, zatar and chickpeas added in it.
- cool all the ingredients after they have been roasted. if you put them hot or warm in the grinder, then due to moisture they clog to each other and become paste like.
- explore with the seeds, nuts and spices & create the fusions and flavors you like.
You might also love to check few more interesting dry fruits recipes:
- Almond Halwa or Badam Halwa
- Hyderabadi Khubani Ka Meetha
- Fruit Salad with Cashew Cream Recipe
- Mango Almond Smoothie – Vegan Recipe
dukkah recipe details are below: