It’s always worth to have a few spice mixes in your cupboard to liven up a plain soup or salad. You can buy these quite easily, but a home made version is not difficult to make and makes for a great gift. Dukkah has lots of texture and is pretty versatile.

Ingredients:

  • 50g hazelnuts
  • 50g almonds
  • 50g pistachios
  • 50g cashews
  • 50g sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoon of cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon of coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chilli flakes

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C
Spread the nuts on a large baking tray and toast for 4-5 minutes
Remove from the oven and leave to cool
Either coarsely chop process the nuts in a food processor and pour into a bowl
Get a large pan and place over high heat and dry fry the sesame seeds until golden for 1-2 minutes and add to the nuts
Add the coriander and cumin seeds and chilli flakes into the same pan and toast for 1-2 minutes, until the seeds start to ‘pop’ and dance in the pan
Either grind them in a coffee grinder or pound until fine in a mortar and pestle and add to the nut mixture
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well
Keep in an airtight container
A classic serving suggestion is with olive oil and crusty bread, but also works well as a salad, fish or chicken, hummus or soup topping

temp-popcorn-chicken