Homemade Spicy Dukkah

Hands up who knows what Dukkah is? I know – it’s easy to make and very tasty! 🙂

Dukkah is originally from Egypt (I believe) and is a mixture of nuts and spices that is used as a dip. It is very popular here in Australia and you can buy it in most supermarkets. The problem is that it is often quite expensive and you don’t get much for your money.

I have had some left-over nuts in my pantry for quite a while and I must admit that I was struggling for inspiration on what to use them for. Then the ‘idea switch’ was flicked in my brain and this dukkah was created.

It is so simple to blitz together but it tastes very exotic. To eat, get a piece of turkish bread, dip it into some good quality extra virgin olive oil and then into the dukkah so it forms a nutty crust over the EVOO on your bread. 

The recipe below makes a heap of dukkah – enough for a big party. (The photos here only show a tiny fraction of what I made). Before serving, please make sure that nobody present is allergic to nuts!

You could also use this for coating chicken or fish to give it a great crunch.

Ingredients – makes loads:

  • 300g/10 oz mixed nuts (I used a shop-bought mix that includes salted peanuts, cashews and pistachios amongst others)
  • 30g/1 oz poppy seeds
  • 30g/1 oz sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • sprinkling of black pepper, to season
  • turkish bread pieces and extra virgin olive oil, to serve


  • Blitz the nuts in a food processor until they are finely chopped.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and then gently toast the poppy and sesame seeds plus the spices for a minute or so, until fragrant.
  • Stir in the nuts and ensure that the mixture is well combined.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the dukkah to cool in the pan.
  • If you want to keep the dukkah then put it into an airtight jar and store in the pantry.
  • Otherwise, serve with a pot of EVOO and some turkish bread pieces on the side.
  • Enjoy!

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3 Responses to Homemade Spicy Dukkah

  1. I’ve never heard of or tried dukkah before but can imagine how tasty it would be. This is such a great idea for using up those lingering bags of nuts that everyone always has in their cupboards.

  2. Pingback: Rustic Bread with Chorizo and Olives | Recipe Adaptors

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