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Homemade Dukkah


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Homemade Dukkah

I first discovered Dukkah at Trader Joe's and then found the internet abuzz about this spice. My whole family fell in love and I began to make my own. I adapted this from Yotam Ottolenghi's recipe, but there are so many variations, give this at try and then make it your own.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Cook Time : 5 min
  • Ready Time : 25 min


1 cup


  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon white peppercorns
  • 3 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (optional)


Heat oven to 300 – toast nuts 20 minutes.

Heat a small pan over medium heat and spread fennel seeds, roast 30 seconds.  Add cumin seeds for another 30 seconds remove to a bowl.

Add peppercorns to hot pan and toast for 30 seconds, remove to another bowl.

Add coriander seeds to the pan and toast for 1 minute then remove to a third bowl.

Lower heat, cook the sesame seeds for about a minute until lightly toasted and browned.

Using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, chop nuts to desired consistency, not too fine, remove to bowl.  Crush cumin and fennel, add to nuts.  Crush coriander, then peppercorns add to bowl.  Then add salt and paprika.

Mix all and adjust salt to taste.  Store in an airtight container and use as a spice rub, a bread dipping sauce or to top hummus.


About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




5 Responses to Homemade Dukkah

  1. Sorry, here in Israel, we can get these ingredients, but I have no idea what this would be or what culture it’s from. Can you elaborate a bit? Is this a far eastern Jewish thing or….? what does it go with, cuisine-wise?

    • I believe Dukkah is actually Egyptian in origin, but it really has so many uses. I actually find I use it the way I use Zaatar. As an addition to olive oil for dipping my bread, mixed with bread crumbs to make a more flavorful schnitzel or just on it’s own to season chicken or salmon. Hope this helps.

  2. I need to make this more often. love this recipe adaptation.

  3. I love that there are so many variations of dukkah. You could have several different ones and they are all so interesting.

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