Everyone who knows me knows that I’m
slightly totally obsessed with spices. What else would you call spending $300 at the Shuk in Jerusalem, in spices only?? When I went for the first time in years this past January, I was a like a kid in a candy store. My husband on the other hand… My husband was somewhere between a panic attack and a coronary. Money well spent though. He’s definitely enjoying every single ounce!!
Surprisingly, the first time I saw Dukkah wasn’t at the Shuk. It was at Trader Joes! I was browsing through the new product section when I picked up this beautiful round container filled with herbs, nuts and spices. How this little gem had been hidden from me all these years, is beyond my comprehension!
I ended up buying it (obviously) and did a little research. I discovered that Dukkah is an Egyptian condiment usually used as a dip for bread and vegetables. Interesting!!
I personally enjoy it sprinkled on salads (adds a little nuttiness and crunch), on soups (adds a pop of flavor), on roasted vegetables… well, on anything really! (obsessed, remember??)
So of course, I had to create my own mixture…. fennel, coriander, cumin and sesame seeds, coconut, pistachios and salt. Such a great combination of flavors!! But really, you can be as creative as you want, you can add herbs like thyme or za’atar, nuts like hazelnuts or almonds, seeds like pumpkin or sunflower… The combinations are endless.
Have you ever tried to create your own spice mix? Let us know, we would love to hear about it!
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This recipe was adapted from Food52
- 1½ tbsp coriander seeds
- 3 tbsp fennel seeds
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- 3 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup roasted shelled pistachios, chopped
- 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
- In a medium not stick skillet dry toast coriander, fennel and cumin seeds until fragrant, about 2 minutes, over medium heat. Watch them carefully to make sure they don't doesn't burn.
- Place all the spices in a bowl and let them cool
- Toast sesame seeds over medium heat for about 2 minutes
- Toast coconut over medium heat for about 2 minutes, watching carefully to make sure it doesn't burn
- Grind cumin, fennel and coriander seeds in a spice grinder
- Combine ground spices, pistachios, coconut, sesame seeds and salt. Mix well and store in a tight closed container in the fridge