Dukkah (Egyptian spice blend) – gluten free, grain free, clean and paleo friendly.
I’m up in Queensland at the moment for my dad’s 80th birthday. He lives on Palm beach, near the Gold Coast and his front yard meets the sand. I’ve been here once before and fondly remember falling asleep to the sounds of crashing waves.. So peaceful. However, with tropical cyclone Marcia unleashing her fury it will be more than likely heavy rain and winds I’ll be nodding off to.
This pistachio dukkah recipe is definitely worth trying out. The toasted pistachio nuts give it a lovely crunch and it has such a delicious flavour you will want to put it on everything! Dukkah is an Egyptian spice blend which is traditionally eaten by dunking chunky bread in extra virgin olive oil followed by dipping it into the dukkah. Then you take a bite and feel your taste buds dance with delight. Mmmmmmm. You can use hazelnuts, almonds or other nuts in place of the pistachios if you desire. It’s worth using whole cumin and coriander seeds as opposed to powder as its fresher and better tasting and it really doesn’t take that long to grind. I used a tiny mortar and pestle and it took about 5 minutes or so. This is great used as a crumb on chicken or lamb, or you can sprinkle it over hummus dip or even a salad for a bit of wow factor or over mashed/spread avocado on toast.
Why this is so good for you
Pistachios aid digestion, maintain good heart health, control diabetes,
Sesame seeds protect the liver, help relieve rheumatoid arthritis, lower blood pressure, help prevent colon cancer, improve bone health and strengthen the immune system.
Cumin aids in digestion, is a natural laxative, heals infection and wounds in the digestive and excretory system, clears up symptoms of haemorrhoids and helps prevent diabetes, relieves stress and anxiety, helps relieve asthma and bronchitis, helps fight common cold and fights against iron deficiency when menstruating.
Coriander helps control diabetes, aids in digestion, helps proper functioning of the liver, helps reduce diarrhoea, reduces blood pressure, helps reduce anaemia, protects the integrity of bones, prevents macular degeneration and helps reduce blood pressure.
Sea salt helps build a strong immune system, prevents buildup in the digestive tract (which can lead to constipation and weight gain), reduces respiratory inflammation (asthma), reduces high blood pressure, heart attack and strokes, reduces risk of diabetes, prevents osteoporosis, helps prevent muscle spasms and cramps.
- 3/4 cup pistachios, pan toasted
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds, pan toasted
- 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Pan toast pistachios in a medium frying pan until golden brown. Transfer to a medium food processor and blitz.
- Pan toast sesame seeds until golden.
- Pan fry cumin and coriander seeds until fragrant and they start to pop. Grind with a mortar and pestle.
- Combine all ingredients.