What is a Dukkah Seasoning?
Dukkah seasoning, sometimes spelled duqqa, is a combination of nuts and seeds flavored with herbs and spices that originated in Egypt.
It can be mixed with olive oil to dip your bread into (my personal fave), sprinkled on dips like hummus or used as a crunchy component on top of vegetables, grains, meats and salads.
It is a simple, strait forward way to add flavor, texture, protein and antioxidants to any dish.
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Egyptian Dukkah Seasoning
Save time by buying roasted nuts. Feel free to swap ingredients out for others that you prefer more. There are no rules with dukkah except that it has to include nuts, herbs and spices. I like to use a mortar and pestle for this recipe, if you don't have one you can pulse the mixture in a food processor or place the ingredients under a towel and crush them with a mallet or back of a sauté pan.
Pre-heat oven 350 degrees.
Spread the hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds, pine nuts and pumpkin seeds out on to a sheet pan and roast in the oven for about 10 minutes until they are lightly brown and fragrant. Let cool.
In a small sauté pan toast the cumin, caraway, fennel seeds and black and white sesame seeds over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes until they become fragrant. Let cool.
In a bowl mix together the toasted nuts, seeds, spices, herbs, salt and pepper.
Depending on the size of your mortar and pestle or food processor you may need to work in batches from here.
Place the mixture into the mortar and pound it down with the pestle. Use the pestle to mix and grind the mixture into a finely chopped consistency. You are not looking for a powder just chopped and consistent in size.