Jill Dupleix

Time: < 30 mins

Makes: six 50g jars

Difficulty: Easy

Reader rating: 3 out of 5 stars 6 reader ratings

Main ingredient: Nuts

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Course: Side Dish

This is an intriguing Egyptian spice mix that you can package for gift-giving in small jars or gift boxes.


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Dry-fry sesame seeds in a hot non-stick pan for about 15 seconds, moving them constantly, then cool. Dry fry coriander and cumin seeds until fragrant, then cool. Dry fry almonds until lightly golden, and cool.

Grind almonds or blend in a food processor. Grind or pound sesame seeds, coriander and cumin seeds to a coarse mixture, not a fine powder. Add sea salt and pepper, and mix well. Store in an airtight container or gift-pack in 6 x 50g airtight jars. Should last for weeks.

Give suggestions for use: Dip fingers of Turkish bread into olive oil and then into a small bowl of dukkah for an easy appetiser with drinks. Sprinkle dukkah over steamed vegetables with a squeeze of lemon juice. Fold it through yogurt as a dip or a relish; whisk a little into a salad dressing or sprinkle over barbecued lamb, chicken or fish.

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