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Dukkah is a beloved Egyptian spice blend that has a long and rich history. The word “dukkah” comes from the Arabic word for “to pound” or “to crush,” and that’s exactly what this blend is all about. A combination of nuts, spices, and sometimes even chocolate, dukkah is traditionally pounded into a coarse powder using a mortar and pestle.
Dukkah has been around for centuries, and its exact origins are unknown. Some believe that it was first created by the Ancient Egyptians, while others believe it originated in the Middle East. Regardless of its origins, dukkah has become a staple in Egyptian cuisine.
Dukkah is most commonly used as a dipping spice for bread. It can also be used as a seasoning for meats, vegetables, or even just sprinkled on top of salads. The possibilities are endless!
When making dukkah, it is important to start with fresh, high quality ingredients. Toasting whole spices will bring out the most flavor and aroma, so be sure to use a skillet or heavy bottomed pan and cook over medium heat. Experiment with different spices and nuts to find your perfect combination. Be sure to grind the mixture to a fine texture, but not too fine, and be sure to store any extra in an airtight container, away from light and heat. Lastly, enjoy the spices you create and share with family and friends.
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