Thankfully the weather is starting to warm up again, I can hear the collective sighs of relief, and we are able to enjoy being out in the backyard in the evenings again. Often this comes with long lazy dinners where we simply nibble on big platters of delicious bits and pieces. This makes everyone happy as the kids can keep running around, we get to kick back on the deck with a drink and no one really has to cook. A favourite to include is fresh bread with some olive oil and dukkah.
Dukkah (dukkha, dukkah, dukka, duqqa – confusing spelling aside!) is that amazing Egyptian spice mix that we all love. Besides the ubiquitous oil and bread combination you will often see it sprinkled over salads, on poached eggs, coating roast veggies, topping Feta or dips, or as a crust on meat or fish. There are so many delicious ways to use Dukkah that it makes sense to always have a jar of it on hand. You could buy it, but it is so easy to make yourself and you can adjust the flavours to suit your own tastes, so why not give it a try?
The basic base of any Dukkah is nuts, sesame seeds, cumin and coriander to which you can then add your own twist of flavouring to. You can use any nuts that you have on hand, for this recipe I used pine nuts and pistachios. You might like to try adding fennel seeds, chilli powder, anise or dried thyme. Here is the recipe I made, tried and tested in my home and it was a hit.
Homemade Dukkah Recipe
½ cup of nuts
½ cup coriander seeds
½ cup sesame seeds
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
5 whole cloves (or probably about ½ teaspoon of ground cloves)
- Over a medium heat dry toast the nuts and coriander seeds until golden and aromatic, add your sesame seeds and toast until lightly golden.
- Remove from the heat.
- Blend your toasted nut mix and spices all together. Be wary not to over-blend or it will go mushy.
- Spread out to cool before storing in a well sealed container. This will keep for a month, maybe longer but mine has never lasted longer than that to test the theory.
What do you like to enjoy your Dukkah on?
Do you have lazy dinner platters sometimes?