Recently I received this AWESOME little love package in the mail from my good friend Mandy…all the way from across the other side of the globe in Denver, Colorado!
Don’t you just LOVE receiving little care packages in the mail! I do that’s for sure!! 🙂
I was stoked with the package…a) because of all the amazing delicious teas (she knows me well!), but also because of the little bag of awesomeness called DUKKAH!! Have you heard of it before? My good friend Mandy started this little company called Denver Dukkah, and the thing I love the most (apart from the dukkah!) is their tag line… “dip it and stick it!” 🙂
What Is Dukkah?
Dukkah originates from Egypt, and contains a dry mix of roasted nuts, seeds and spices finely blended together. Traditionally dukkah is eaten by dipping fresh bread first into olive oil and then into the nut mixture, but it also serves as a versatile seasoning in cooking. You can sprinkle it through your salad, season your cooking or use it to crust veggies, fish or meat (as Denver Dukkah have on their label!).
Is Dukkah Good For Me?
Absolutely!! (Unless you are allergic to nuts or seeds that is?!) Nuts are full of healthy fats and proteins, essential for our body & brain’s daily functioning. Because they are so rich, you only need a few each day to give you the essential nutrients. Spices are also a good source of different medicinal compounds. Most people just think of spices as being good for flavour, without realising the amazing health benefits! So basically dukkah is a great way of adding essential fats, proteins and other nutritional & medicinal properties to your food….and did I mention flavour?!!!! OMG it tastes AMAAAAAAZING!!!
A Dukkah Recipe
You can really make this your own, but here is a recipe that I have used and I love!! (can’t remember where I got it from?)
- ½ cup pine nuts
- ½ cup coriander seeds
- ¾ cup sesame seeds
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp chilli powder
- ½ tsp baharat (white and black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg)
(Makes 1¾ cups)
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, combine pine nuts and coriander seeds. When the mix has started to colour, add the sesame seeds and continue to toast until golden brown.
Pour the mixture into a food processor. Add cumin, salt, chilli powder and baharat mix. Blend together.
Christmas is coming…Gift It!
This is exactly what I did last year…I made up a big batch of dukkah, popped it into cute little jars, tied a little ribbon around it, wrapped it up, and gave it as gifts with a nice olive oil.
If you are in Denver Colorado then make sure you check out ‘Denver Dukkah’ and try some of their product…it’s so scrummy 🙂 Otherwise, try making your own at home and enjoy the added nutrients (and flavour!) to your diet.
Love Ngaire xox