dukkah recipe

Dukkah recipe is from Egyptian cuisine. It is a simple, quick and delicious recipe made with nuts, seeds and spices. Dukkah is very healthy and nutritious. also known by the name Dukka or duqqa.

Usually as a snack, crusty bread is dipped in olive oil and then in the dukkah. This is served as a starter also.

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The word Dukkah is such a strange word. It reminded me of the Buddhist concept of Dukkha. but the word Duqqa is derived from the Arabic language 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 it is very popular in Australia as well.

dukka recipe

At home, we use the dukkah on toasted wheat bread drizzled with some olive oil and also on salad 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 it in a week’s time, as later the flax seeds get rancid. I sometimes make another healthy blend using sesame seeds and flax seeds.

How to make dukkah

1. Take almonds and roast them in a pan or in the oven. Keep aside

roasted almonds for dukkah

2. Start roasting the sesame seeds in a pan.

roasting sesame seeds for dukkah recipe

3. And roast the sesame seeds till they become pale brown as shown in the pic below. Remove and keep aside.

dukkah preparation - roasted sesame seeds

4. In the same pan, now roast the coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds and peppercorns till they become fragrant. Keep aside.

roasted spices for duqqa or dukkah

5. I added the almonds first to grind in the grinder, as I wanted them a little fine, then the rest of the ingredients.

crushed roasted almonds for dukkah

6. After the almond was ground, I added all of the other ingredients to the grinder.

sesame seeds and spices added for dukkah

7. And yes even remembered to add salt.

salt added for dukkah

8. Ground the whole mixture till I got a desired level of coarseness and then Store dukkah it in an airtight container.

ready dukka or dukkah recipe

Enjoy the dukkah 🙂

dukkah or duqqa

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dukkah recipe

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Dukkah is a simple, quick and delicious recipe made with nuts, seeds and spices. it is also called as dukka or duqqa.
dukkah recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:20 mins
Course:side dish
Servings (change the number to scale):1 medium size bottle
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 1 cup full almonds
  • ¾ cup sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • ½ tablespoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • sea salt or salt to taste


  • Roast the almonds till they are lightly browned.
  • Then roast the sesame seeds till they become a pale brown.
  • Roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, peppercorns till they become fragrant.
  • Put everything in a grinder and grind till you want the desired level of blend, slightly coarse or fine.
  • Store dukkah in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.


  • 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.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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14 comments/reviews

  1. Thanks for sharing.. Can we use this for cooking something?

    • dukkah is generally served with breads. i have never used it while cooking, so i cannot say how the taste will be of the final dish.

  2. dassana… this is a superduer hit at home.. navin lovvves it..!! me too

    • thanks renu.

  3. Hi dassana.. i made dukkah today..

    thanks for this wonderful recipe..:)

    • thanks again renu and also thanks for making the dukkah recipe.

  4. wow… this is interesting…such a nutritiuos recipe..gonna try this..

    • it is nutritious and do try making the dukkah at home.

  5. Thank you so much for the prompt reply. As soon as I read your reply, made the banana bread and it turned out excellent. Thanks once again.

    • nice to know tahira.

  6. This looks fabulous — a lot of my favorite flavors: I had never heard of dukkah before.

    • even i did not know about dukkah a year ago…. but thanks to my spanish and australian friends, i now about this health wonder recipe…

  7. Vow sounds yummy will be great Pizza Toppings and on toasted garlic cheese bread. I will surely try them!

    • yeah…. do try the dukkah… it is nutritious as well as flavorful.