My post today is a recipe for Almond Dukkah, which is a blend of nuts, seeds & spices that the interwebs tell me originates from Egypt. And it tastes AMAZING...
Dukkah is really versatile, both in the recipe it's self & also how it can be used in cooking.
When it comes to eating it, the classic way is using the dukkah as a dip with bread. You take a bite size hunk of rustic bread, dip it in olive oil (& balsamic vinegar if you like) then dip it in the dukkah. Mmmmmm.
This method was my first encounter with dukkah, and it was many years ago now but I still remember asking the waitstaff what it was and how did we eat it? I'm never too shy to admit when I'm a bit clueless - you would be surprised what you learn but just asking! If I hadn't have asked, then who knows how long it would have been before dukkah came into my life - and that would be sad.☹
You can also use it as a sprinkle on meat or veg before then baking, or flavouring breadcrumbs. You can dust some over a pie before cooking, or a poached egg...you get the point. Versatile.
You can also vary the recipe in many different ways, by mixing and matching to suit your tastes -
If you aren't into almonds, try cashews maybe...
LOVE pistachios? Swap them for the almonds...
Add some chilli powder for heat...
Give it some zing with dried mint...
Like I said...versatile! Give it a go - it's a maximum flavour / minimal work kind of thing! Do you have a variation you like to use? I'd love to know...
- 2 tbsp slivered almonds
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- ½ tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
- Several grinds of freshly ground black pepper optional
- fine salt to taste optional
- In a small frying pan over low heat, toast almonds, sesame, cumin & fennel seeds until fragrant & starting to colour (about 2 - 4 mins) - make sure to stir frequently to give them all a chance to colour evenly & not burn.
- Turn off heat, add the ground coriander to the pan & stir to heat slightly.
- Place spice mix into a mortar & pestle along with the salt & pepper if you are using it, and grind until you get a course, chunky powder (see the photos for the texture you are looking for - your blend will vary from fine powder from the coriander, to seeds, then to chunky pieces of almond).
- If you don't have a mortar & pestle, you could place the spice mix into a food processor to grind - just be careful not to over-process or you may well end up with spice paste!