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Essential Ingredients: Dukka

Posted 19th January, 2014Dukka

Dukka is a delicious Egyptian dry mix of roasted hazelnuts, sesame seeds and spices including coriander and cumin finely blended together.

The word derived from the Arabic word for “to pound” since the mixture of spices and nuts are pounded together after being dry roasted to a granular texture.

The actual composition of the spice mix can vary from family to family. I have created my own blend, although there are common ingredients such as sesame, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper.

Traditionally Dukka is served as mezze by dipping fresh Egyptian bread first into mild tasting olive oil and then into the nut mixture. It also serves as a versatile seasoning in Egyptian cooking. You can sprinkle it onto various dishes like salads, fresh vegetables, pasta dishes, pita or even pizza. I’ve been adding it to roasted vegetables and grated carrot salads, and I’ve been seasoning hard-boiled eggs with it (dip and bite, dip and bite:-) You can also use it to coat chicken, turkey or fish with it before frying it or BBQ it

In Cairo, you can buy ready-made versions of Dukka wrapped in paper cones on tvarious spice markets and on Khan-El Khalili Bazar.

Dukka is now becoming popular in other countries outside of Egypt. I have launched my own Dukka blend. Friends and customers alike, who have tried my Dukka for the first time, loved it from the moment it hit their taste buds. It’s moreish and delicious. If you want to try it or even buy it, Cleopatra’s Dukka is now available on my cookery courses and soon in designated outlets in and around Ludlow (watch this space for further information)

Dukka – Enjoy the pure Egyptian flavour!