Friday, February 5, 2010

What is Dukkah?

Dukkah is a mixture of crushed nuts, usually filberts aka hazelnuts, and spices. It is typically used as a dry dip with bread. It can also be used as a coating for vegetables, meats & fish or as a topping on soups, salads, yogurt, oatmeal and ice cream. Originally from Egypt, Dukkah can be bought in the spice markets of Cairo, or if you can’t make it to Cairo…consider Vibrant Flavors Oregon Dukkah.

The word “Dukkah” or “Duqqa” is derived from the Arabic word for "to pound", since the mixture of spices and nuts is pounded together after being roasted to a texture that is neither powder nor paste. The actual composition of the spice mix varies from family to family, vendor to vendor despite the common ingredients of nuts, sesame, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper, and other spices. Marjoram, mint, zataar and chickpeas are further ingredients that may be used in Dukkah.

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