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Dukkah Egyptian Spice Mix

Dukkah is an Egyptian spice made with nuts (most often hazelnuts, but pistachios, cashews, or pine nuts work) and spices, but its flavor is really defined by the smokiness imparted from toasting the ingredients.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Seasoning
Keyword: Homemade seasoning, spice mix
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $3.00


  • Skillet
  • Spice Grinder or Mortar and Pestle


  • cups Hazelnuts (can also use pistachios, cashews, or pine nuts, or any combination of those)
  • ½ cup White Sesame Seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Coriander Seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Cumin Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Fresh Bread or Pita, for serving (optional)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for serving (optional)


  • Toast hazelnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat until browned and fragrant. If the hazelnuts still have skins, rub them gently in a dishtowl to remove most of the skins. Use a mortar and pestle (or spice grinder) to pound the nuts into a coarse powder. Pour the ground nuts into a small bowl.
  • Add the sesame seeds to the dry skillet and toast over medium heat until golden. Add to the ground nuts.
  • Add the coriander, cumin, fennel, and thyme to the dry skillet and again toast over medium heat until fragrant. Use a mortar and pestle (or spice grinder) to pound the spices into an even, coarse powder. Pour into the bowl with the sesame seeds and hazelnuts. Add salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  • Serve with a bowl of olive oil and bread for dipping.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator (this will help retain the flavor) for several weeks.


adapted from Deli-Cute-Essen