Dukkah spice is an Egyptian nut and spice blend that will knock your socks off. This is a traditional Egyptian dukkah recipe with authentic ingredients. Roasting your own raw ingredients makes all the difference.
Dukkah or duqqa spice is a street food sold in Egypt and if you know it then you know what to expect but if you don't, then expect to be amazed. It is very easy to make and requires just 10 minutes of your time. Dukkah recipe with step by step instructions, a video and how to make dukkah as well.
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What is dukkah?
Dukkah is a spice blend very popular in Egypt and the Levant. Egyptian Dukkah uses nuts as the carrier of the spice blend, the Levant one on the other hand uses wheat berries and legumes. Dukka goes wild in Egypt especially during Easter time. It is usually sold with simit and hard boiled eggs, the sight of street vendors selling it is very common on the Nile river bank or near the gates of the Giza Zoo. I remember my mom buying the spice blend but never letting us eat bread or boiled eggs from those sellers.
There are many recipes online and of course there is always room for creativity by playing with the nuts and spices yet the authentic one is very simple. Because nuts like almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts and walnuts are too expensive for food sold in the streets of Egypt, they tend to use peanuts and sesame seeds. These two are inexpensive goods that can be easily found there. Also dipping the bread in olive oil is not an Egyptian style, it is more Levant. Olive oil is expensive as well, to tell you the truth I did not like the taste of extra versionolive oil with dukkah, but it is a personal preference. I liked using mildly flavored oil to get the most out of my dukkah flavors.
What is Dukkah made out of?
Here is what you'll need to make Dukkah.Very basic ingredients are needed for the dukkah:
Peanuts, this is our main carrier nut.
Sesame seeds, a must for this recipe.
cumin seeds and coriander seeds, when freshly toasted give an extraordinary flavor.
Salt and pepper, to adjust the taste of the dukkah.
Now I highly recommend getting your own raw, whole seeds but I understand that this might be a problem for some especially for coriander seeds. If this is the case feel free to use already ground store bought ones, but go for a trusted good quality ones.
Is Dukkah the same as Zaatar?
Za'atar is a blend of herbs like thyme, sumac with sesame seeds and salt. Some people add cumin, marjoram or oregano to the mix. Dukka on the other hands has nuts in it along with a different set of spices.
Is Dukkah vegan?
Here is the good news, Dukkah is vegan, keto and gluten free! Here is how to use it for each:
- Sprinkle over your salad. (Vegan& Keto).
- Use as a dip or sprinkle over eggs. (Vegetarean & Keto).
- As a spice for meat, fish and poultry (Keto).
- Spice up your favorite hummus or guacamole (Vegan & Keto).
How to make Dukkah Spice? a step by step guide
- We'll first toast the ingredients, I like toasting them in a skillet rather than the oven so I can keep an eye on them.
- Pay special attention to cumin and coriander as we do not want them to be over roasted or else they will taste bitter and ruin the whole formula. Set aside to cool down.
- In the same pan lightly toast sesame seeds.
- toast the peanuts as well, I bought mine toasted and unsalted as I could not get a hold of raw peanuts.
- In a coffee grinder, finely grind cumin and coriander seeds.
- In a food processor, add peanut and ¾ or half the sesame seeds and roughly process.I do that because I like my dukka with some texture, so I also reserve some sesame seeds to mix them in later. You can finely ground everything it is a matter of liking.
- In a deep bowl combine all the ingredients together, ground spices, black pepper, salt, nut mixture and the sesame seeds that we set aside earlier.
- That's it, place in an airtight container.
Get your crusty bread and eggs ready then dig in 😋. Guys, you are in for a treat a very addictive one too.
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- Use any nuts you like, or even used a nut blend of your favorite.
- I've tried it also flavored with dry mint and it was fabulous.
- Also give it a kick and add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper🔥.
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- ⅔ cup sesame seeds.
- ⅔ cup dry roasted peanuts.
- 2 Tablespoons cumin seeds.
- 2 Tablespoons coriander seeds.
- 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper.
- 1 teaspoon salt.
- In a skillet over medium heat, toast sesame seeds until they are golden. Keep stirring the whole time for about 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
- In the same skillet place coriander and cumin, toast stirring frequently 1-2 minutes until they pop. Do not overcook. (Note1)
- In a spice grinder, add cumin and coriander seeds and finely grind.
- In a food processor, add peanut and almost ¾ of the sesame seeds and roughly process.
- In a deep bowl, add chopped nuts, ground spices, salt, black pepper and the rest of the sesame seeds. Mix well.
- Serve with oil, crusty bread and hard boiled eggs.
This dukkah recipe reminded so much of my grandmother. She used to make it all the time for us when we were young. Thank you so much for the recipe.
Aby, thank you so much for your feedback. I am happy you liked it.
I went to Egypt last summer and my friend there made me try dukka. It was fabulous and I brought some home too. My supply did not last long and I had to make my own. Your recipe is spot on and tastes just the same as the one I had in Egypt. Thank you so much for such a lovely recipe.
Thank you Andy I am so happy you liked it. Where did you stay in Egypt?
John @ Kitchen Riffs
Dukkah is such a great mix of flavors! I don't use it nearly enough -- in fact I'm out of it at the moment. THAT has to change! Neat post -- thanks.
My daughter was given some dukka as a gift from traders joe. It was coarser than the egyptian dukka. A sesame bagel with dukka and what u said served with a boiled egg and I like to eat with a small piece of soft parmesan. Its heaven and makes me feel I am back in egypt. Tx for ur recipe. I share it with my friends and family. I make a lot and share.
The best!! will never make sukkah any other way. I like making chicken with sukkah crust too so divine.
Thanks Nayer for your feedback. Happy you liked it.
This is a fabulous recipe with so much warm spices. I am glad I have found it.
Iza, this is awesome!!