Egyptian dukkah

dukkahDukkah is an Egyptian nut and spice blend. I usually have some in the fridge to add zing to basic dishes, like salads and steamed vegetables. And I also like to sprinkle it on sandwich fillings and fried eggs!  But the most popular way of enjoying dukkah is with freshly baked sourdough bread, and some herbaceous, peppery extra virgin olive oil (mmm…the taste buds just perked up!).

I’ve just started to make my own dukkah too. It’s so simple and easy to whip up. Besides, it only takes a measly 15 minutes to put together, and it’s cheaper homemade.

The ingredients for dukkah can vary from person to person, and from brand to brand. There are really no rules for making a good dukkah. Vary the spices. Vary the nuts. Or vary both. It really doesn’t matter, as long as you like the end combination.

Although there are plenty of dukkah recipes around, I thought I’d share my favourite combination of ingredients.  I haven’t used hazelnuts, which are common in many dukkah recipes, as I’m not a big fan – unless they’re covered in chocolate!


Makes about ¾ cup of dukkah.


  • ¼ cup (45g) raw almonds
  • ¼ cup (35g) shelled, roasted pistachios (I buy ones will the shells on, then peel them)
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • sea salt, to taste


On a stove top, dry roast the almonds in a fry pan over low to medium heat until fragrant. This takes around 5–7 minutes. Make sure you continually shake the pan, so the almonds don’t burn. Tip onto a plate and allow to cool.

While the almonds are cooling, dry roast the cumin and coriander in seeds over low to medium heat in the same way as the almonds. The seeds will take around 3–5 minutes to become fragrant. Grind the roasted seeds in a spice grinder or marble mortar and pestle and set aside. Next, lightly toast the sesame seeds (be careful, they burn easily), or you can leave them as they are.

In a food processor, add all the prepared ingredients, except for the salt. Pulse until the nuts are in small, chunky pieces. It should not become floury or pasty. (You could also pound all the ingredients in a mortar and pestle instead.) Then stir in the amount of salt to your liking. If you have used salted pistachios, you may not need much seasoning.

Store in an airtight bottle in the fridge.

6 thoughts on “Egyptian dukkah”

  1. Oooh sounds great! I’m so into Lemon Myrtle at the moment…I think I’ll give an “australiana” dukkah a go with macadamia’s, lemon myrtle and native pepper.

    1. Hey, that sounds like a great combination. I’m not big on macadamias, though. I know I’m definitely in the minority! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. I’ve never tried dukkah, but now I’m intrigued! A friend from Iran puts fresh walnuts soaked in water on top of bread and sheep’s milk cream cheese for breakfast. I bet he’d love this… I’m going to pass the recipe on.

    Really great to read you, Lesh. A translator by profession, I’m a food-lover at heart and have added you to my daily feed.

    1. Hey Lisa, thanks for visiting my blog! I haven’t had a chance to visit see who’s doing the 2011 blogathon and visit their blogs. Had a quick look at yours – love your logo. Promise to pop on over by the end of the month and have a proper look. Thanks for your comment too. I hope you give dukkah a try – if you do, I’d like to hear your thoughts 🙂

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