The spice souqs of the Middle East pull us with the aromas and we can’t resist roaming through them. The famous spices of the Middle East are always in the limelight but some of them don’t make it to the list. One such spice blend is Dukkah or Duqqa from the bylanes of Egypt. The unique spice blend is a perfect blend of toasty textures that will give your food the perfect zing. Let’s understand more about it.
What Is Dukkah?
A famous mixture of warm spices, nuts, and seeds from Egypt. This flavorful seasoning is something you didn’t realise you needed. A classic Egyptian concoction of nuts, seeds, and spicy spices is called dukkah (duqqa), which is pronounced doo-kah. Although it has been around since the time of ancient Egypt, it is currently very well-liked in the Middle East and throughout the rest of the world.
How To Make It?
The ingredients of dukkah mixes are cumin, coriander, salt and Nuts( Hazelnuts, almonds, and pistachios or peanuts), Sesame Seeds and Fennel Seeds. Just roast it and toast it and let the food processor do the rest of the work. But traditionally, the Egyptians used mortar and pestle to grind it to a coarse consistency to bring out the nuttiness of the blend.
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Where Do We Use It?
Are there any connections to its past? Naturally, then! The condiments used to make this spice blend were widely available throughout the spice trade routes that linked the East and the West. It subsequently became a staple in the region.
Well, where do we use this spice blend? Sprinkle it on anything and you will love it. (not sweets ofcourse or maybe). But according to us you can sprinkle it on your hummus, or mix it with olive oil to make a spread for your bread. Sound’s like fairy dust that adds magic to every dish. So if you are already fascinated with this spice blend then we have listed 5 recipes that use this spice blend.
5 Recipes Using Dukkah The Unique Middle Eastern Spice Blend
1. Dukkah Goat Cheese Crackers
This recipe found on Yummly caught my attention because it’s cheese crackers, everyone’s favourite(sorry lactose intolerant people!) and with the magical fairy dust sprinkled in generous amounts. Click here to understand the full recipe.
2. Dukkah and Zucchini Fritters
Grated zucchini mixed with ample spoons of Dukkah spice blend and other spices will give you the perfect batter for Dukkah and Zucchini crispy Fritters. Can’t wait to try it? For making this dish click here to know the deets.
3. Dukkah Crusted Chicken With Roasted Carrot Salad
Fancy a gourmet dish at home with a beautiful taste of spices? This dish from the Taste channel might satisfy your stomach. Coat the chicken with the aromatic spice blend and place it in the oven. Serve it with the carrot salad that acts as the best add-on. Want to know how to make this? Check this recipe.
4. Buttery Mushrooms With Poached Eggs & Dukkah
Toss some mushrooms in a pan with butter till tender and toasted. Take a plate and start layering starting with mushrooms, then poached eggs and a hefty sprinkle of Dukkah. Add some salad leaves and you are good to go. Fancy and easy peasy recipe for you Dukkah lovers.
5. Dukkah Crusted Falafel Pita
Make your regular falafel balls and before frying or baking them, just roll them in Dukkah spice blend. Once cooked add them to a pita pocket with hummus and salad. Is your mouth watering already?
We can’t wait to try our hands at these recipes made using the Dukkah spice blend. We can assure you that you will be left asking for more sprinkles.
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