Healthy Easy Dukkah is a very versatile condiment that adds a great fusion of flavours and texture to so many dishes. And as well as tasting amazing, it can add extra nourishment and health benefits to your meals.
What is Dukkah?
Dukkah is a nut, seed, herb and spice blend that can be adapted to your own taste or to whatever you wish to the Dukkah to accompany.
What ingredients are used in making Dukkah?
Nuts – Any but these are my go-to nuts. Hazelnuts, Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios, Walnuts, Pecans.
Seeds – my favourites include, Black and White Sesame, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Fennel, Black and White Cumin, Poppy, Chia, Caraway.
Herbs & Spices – Dried herbs, most, choose your favourites, e.g. Oregano. Spices, Cayenne, Paprika, Sumac, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Chilli flakes.
What if I need a nut-free version?
Simply replace the Hazelnuts and Almonds with mixutre of toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
How do I prepare the Dukkah?
The ingredients are lightly roasted (nuts) in the oven or toasted (seeds) in a dry pan to release their natural aromas and flavours. Always toast in stages based on size, e.g. largest first to make sure everything is evenly toasted.
The ingredients are then crushed in a pestle and mortar or ground lightly in a blender/grinder remembering to leave a fair amount of texture and not grind to a powder.
how do I use dukkah?
Use to liven up any food! I make various combinations, some salty, some sweeter, etc and really enjoy experimenting. Some favourite ways to incorprate Dukkah are:
- to spice up plain Hummus with a generous sprinkling.
- as a crust on roasted salmon
- over scrambled or pan fried eggs
- over steamed or roasted vegetables and dressed salads
- as a healthy topping in soups
- sweeter versions over oatmeal for breakfast
- simply with your favourite bread dipped in olive oil
In future posts I will add a Dukkah mix that could accompany a specific recipe but for now this healthy, easy Dukkah is a good one to start with.
- ½ cup Hazelnuts
- ½ cup Almonds
- ⅓ cup Sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon Fennel seeds
- 1 tablespoon Cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon Black Sesame seeds (do not toast)
- 1 tablespoon Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- Put the Hazelnuts and Almonds in a pan and toast for around 3 minutes on low heat.
- Then toast the Fennel and Cumin seeds separately (not the Black Sesame seeds) for around 2 minutes until aromatic, again on a low heat.
- Allow both nuts and seeds to cool slightly then transfer into a food processor/blender or pestle and mortar along with the rest of the ingredients and grind to your desired consistency (see note below).
When grinding the ingredients remember not to grind to a powder and leave a fair bit of texture in the finished product.