Dukkah

DukkahDukkah is a popular Egyptian spice blend made with a flexible combination of nuts, seeds, and spices. Its easy to make at home, and can be adapted to a wide variety of palates and preferences. Feel free to swap in macadamia nuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts, or hazelnuts if you prefer. The particular nut/spice combination below includes a healthy boost of protein, manganese, Vitamin E, and zinc, which all help support your immune system and reduce inflammation. This recipe also contains bone-boosting calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower bad cholesterol, reduce high blood pressure, and protect your brain health. The tomatoes in this recipe contain a particularly potent dose of lycopene. Cooking tomatoes increases their lycopene content, and lets your body absorb more of the skin protecting, heart healthy, vision fortifying antioxidant.

Serves: 4 (makes roughly 1¼ cup dukkah spice mix)
Inactive Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups mixed tomatoes, halved lengthwise (try a mix of small and large tomatoes, and cut the large tomatoes into 3rds lengthwise)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili pepper flakes (optional)
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Fresh mint, to serve (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss together the tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place the tomatoes all cut side up, evenly spaced apart, and roast in the oven for 2 hours. The tomatoes will shrink and become wonderfully sweet.
  2. While the tomatoes are roasting, make the dukkah. In a saucepan, toast the almonds and pine nuts over medium heat until warm and fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Using a mortar and pestle (or a food processor if you’re in a pinch), grind together the nuts and all the spices, and the lemon zest until well combined but still slightly chunky. Transfer to a glass container, and store the extra for up to 2 weeks covered in the fridge.
  3. When the tomatoes are done, plate them and top with a sprinkling of dukkah, a drizzle of olive oil from the pan, and some fresh mint if desired. Enjoy!

Note: Any leftover dukkah can be used on grilled fish, hardboiled eggs, avocado toast, pasta, or any dish that needs a little spice and texture boost.

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About The Author

Elizabeth is a graduate of Hamilton College and The French Culinary Institute, as well as an avid world traveler and dinner party hostess. For more information, visit her website: www.elizabethpalmerkitchen.com

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