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Thursday, February 19, 2009


Dukkah, Dokka or Dükkah is an Egyptian dry mixture of chopped nuts, seeds and Middle Eastern spices and flavors. In some countries such as Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine it is called Za'atar.

Traditionally Dukkah is eaten by dipping fresh Egyptian baladi bread first into olive oil and then into the nut mixture. Dukkah is a versatile seasoning and can also be sprinkled on salads or vegetables. It can also be used as a crust or breading for foods like lamb, shrimp, fish or chicken.

Dukkah Recipe

  • ¾ cup sesame seeds
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp baharat (white and black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg)
  • In a large frying pan combine pine nuts and coriander seeds over medium-high heat. When the mix has started to colour, add the sesame seeds and continue to toast until golden brown.
  • Pour the mixture into a food processor. Add cumin, baharat mix, chilli powder and salt. Blend together.
  • Use as seasoning in cooking or serve as an accompaniment with bread and olive oil.


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