Dukka/Dukkah? You say Dukka? What the heck is that??? It is a blend of Middle Eastern spices that you can use in so many ways. I like to keep a jar of it on hand. If you have unexpected guests get it out with some good olive oil and a chunk of bread and you have an appetizer ready.
Use it as a rub on meats before grilling, blend it with some oil and vinegar for an instant salad dressing, mix it with good mayonnaise and you have a fantastic spread for sandwiches, burgers or a dip for vegetables – the possibilities are endless.
2/3 cup almonds
1/3 cup hazelnuts
2 tbsp sesame seeds
4 tsp chili powder
2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp onion salt
1 tsp celery salt
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
cayenne pepper to taste
Toast almonds on baking sheet until golden brown and set aside
Toast hazelnuts until golden, then rub in a dish towel to remove most of the skin
Toast sesame seeds until golden
Lightly heat cumin seeds and coriander seeds just until fragrant
When everything has roasted/toasted and been prepped allow it to cool – then pulse in food processor (or use a mortar and pestle) until you have a powdery mixture with the occasional chunk of nut left for texture.
To serve as an appetizer just cut up chunks of bread into bite size pieces and set out 2 bowls – one of oil, and one of dukka. Dip bread into the oil, then into the spice.
Your first taste might have you puzzled, but wanting more – next thing you know – addicted!