Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education."
-Mark Twain

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This is a great all purpose topping. Dukkah is a nut and spice blend that originates in the Middle East, although there are similar variations in Asian and European cuisines. Once you have made the dukkah it goes on almost anything. Use it as a finish for a simple pasta dish, rice, vegetables, over salads, or even scrambled eggs.

The great thing is that it is so flexible. You could start with almost any nut or seed as the base, including cashews, pine nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, or walnuts.

The three base spices are the sesame seeds, coriander seeds and cumin. After you have chosen your nuts and paired them with these spices, simply add one or two other flavors.

Almost any dried herb will work, but I favor those that are more pungent, like mint, thyme, marjoram, or sage. A bit of citrus zest in the pan while toasting the nuts works but limit this to no more than about a teaspoon or it will overpower the dish.

There are other seeds that you can try, including whole peppercorns, caraway, fennel or cardamom. Like the citrus zest, it is a good idea to start with very low amounts of these in your experiment because they can easily dominate the flavor.



Servings: 16 | Serving size: 2 tablespoons

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3.

This recipe can be divisible by 2.

This recipe keeps well for about a week, tightly sealed in the pantry.

1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw pistachios (shelled)
1/2 cup coriander seeds
1/4 cup cumin seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Place the almonds, pistachios and coriander seeds in a large skillet over medium high heat.

Cook for about 10 minutes. Toss frequently and don't allow them to burn. The goal is to toast the nuts until they begin to turn brown.

Add the cumin seed, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes.

Continue to toast until the nuts are golden brown in color. Toss frequently.

Remove and let cool for about ten minutes.

Place all of the toasted ingredients in a food processor fitted with chopping blade. Add the salt and pepper.

Process by pulsing until the mixture is dry and crumbly. This should be about the consistency of coarse bread crumbs. Do not over process or you will have a nut paste.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 2 tablespoons

Servings: 16

Amount Per Serving

Calories 80 Calories from Fat 58
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6g 10%
    Saturated Fat <1g 3%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 0%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
    Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 7% Iron 12%
Vitamin K 0 mcg Potassium 122 mg
Magnesium 39 mg