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Dukkah (pron. Dook - ah)

Recipe: Dukkah (pron. Dook - ah)

Remarks:

    This is an adaptation of a recipe I found on the internet. Dukkah is not a Zola original.

Ingredients:

    2 cups roasted nuts. You can select from peanuts, pinenuts, macadamia nuts, almonds, cashews and hazelnuts. Your choice. My favorite is peanuts and cashews combined. You can choose your own mix.
    1 Tbl whole coriander seeds
    1 Tbl whole fennel seeds
    1 Tbl cumin (ground)
    1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
    1 Tbl crushed red pepper flakes
    1/4 tsp paprika (try to use Smoked Spanish paprika or Red Hungarian)
    1 Tbl sea salt
    2 tsp coarse black pepper
    1 loaf artisan bread. Can be French bread, sour dough or Italian
    1/2 cup (or more) of extra virgin olive oil. (They even make fully organic olive oils now)

Instructions:

    Chop your 2 cups of roasted nuts in a food processor (or crush) until they are small pieces. Big breadcrumb-sized. Quarter inch or less is fine. Don't process too much or too fast or you'll end up with nut butter. Just use your pulse action.

    In a sauté pan put in your coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cumin, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, and paprika. Heat them over medium heat with no oil just to toast them lightly. Sort of shake the pan so they don't sit in one place too long or they can burn. This will only take a few minutes. When you smell the aromas from the mixture you are just about ready to turn it off. Turn off to let cool.

    Now add your salt and pepper to this mixture.

    The seed mixture now needs to be ground up. You can't do this in a large food processor but one of the little processors will work pretty well. Or you can get out your mortar and pestle. Grind until fully mixed and the pods are broken up; especially the coriander pods or they will hurt when you get them stuck in your teeth.

    Combine the seed mixture with the nuts. Stir thoroughly. You can store the dukkah mixture in your refrigerator--covered.

Serving Suggestions:

    Cut the bread into one inch cubes (or so). Pour olive oil on a small plate or dish. Put a few tablespoons of dukkah on another small dish. People can help themselves to the dipping of the bread into the olive oil and then into the dukkah. Replenish the olive oil, bread and dukkah as needed.

Enjoy. Cheers! Zola

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