Dukkah – Middle Eastern Spice Mix

I probably say this a lot and it’s true — I love trying out new cuisines and exploring new flavors. When the world has so much to offer, why stick to just one kind of food? I am always on the hunt, looking for something new to try and thankfully, my husband also enjoys the journey. Having said that, as much open minded as we are towards food, we are not all that adventurous to try out something bizarre. Bottom line — it has to smell good, sound good or at the most, look good.

While reading Ana Sortun’s Spice: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean, I learned about a spice mix called Dukkah (say Dooh-kah), which can also be spelled as Duqqa or Dukka. My Indian friends might automatically relate to the word ‘suffering’ or ‘stress’ because that’s what it means in Hindi (kind of). Trust me, it’s nowhere even close to anything sad.

It has a robust flavor, looks rustic, tastes nutty and can bring immense joy to your belly. This crumbly spice mix is mostly used as a bread dip with olive oil.

Dukkah – The famous Egyptian spice blend has way too many versions than one can even imagine. With nuts and whole spice seeds as the key ingredients, various doors of possibilities automatically open up making it very versatile. If you are allergic to one kind of nut, you can pick the one that you can eat. Even if you don’t have the spices mentioned out here, improvise and pick something else which might have a fairly close flavor.

For now, I am happy with this combination and will let my creative-hat rest for a while.

I used this spice in a lot of different dishes. To mention a few — lentil soup, fish cakes, sprinkled it on fish before pan-frying it, added it on roasted vegetables, salad, yogurt sauce (raita)…

But first, let’s get some bread, a good quality extra virgin olive oil and enjoy it the authentic way — as a dip!

My advice, do not make it in a huge batch. It looses its flavor eventually. The reason why I always prefer making spice mixes at home is because it remains fresh and is always more flavorful.

Making Dukkah would take hardly 10 minutes. So, make it in small batches and store in a cool, dark place for no more than a month.

Dukkah – Middle Eastern Spice Mix

Serving Size: Approximately 2 cups

Dukkah – Middle Eastern Spice Mix


  • 1 cup almonds, blanched and skin removed
  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coconut flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


    blanch the almonds
  • Pour the almonds in a bowl and cover it with hot water.
  • Let it stand for 1 minute, drain the hot water and rinse under cold water.
  • Pat dry and peel off the skin.
  • make the spice
  • Once the almonds are blanched, layer them in a tissue paper and let it dry completely before you grind them.
  • Dry roast the spices (coriander, cumin and fennel) separately and then using a coffee blender or a mixer, grind them to a rough dust.
  • Dry roasts the sesame seeds and keep them aside.
  • In a bowl, mix the ground spices, ground almonds, sesame seeds, coconut flakes, freshly grated pepper and salt.
  • Store it in an airtight jar, like any other spice mix.


1. Blanching almonds is not a must. It just helps in removing the bitterness than can come from the skin. 2. I prefer not to roast the coconut flakes but you could always roast them.



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Nicole says:

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. Such nice work. I have heard of this spice, but never knew what it was. Thanks for writing about it.

Spandana says:

Sounds interesting Kankana. I would love to try it.
The pictures look wonderful.

sulagna says:

ok this sounds familiar yet new ..must try this one !

Rosa says:

One of my favorite spice blends. Wonderful when sprinkled over salads and amazing when used as a bread dip with olive oil.

Great pictures!



Vishakha says:

Hearing about Dukkah for the first time. Sounds very interesting with a unique blend of spices. I enjoyed reading the intro to the recipe. R & I are also big foodies and love trying new food wherever we go. He’s more adventurous than I am.. though I’ve had more bizarre stuff than him ;-))
Loved each and every photo. So perfectly styled.:)

Ahhh Kankana, you are my inspiration. Just looking at your photos made me feel I need to work on my photography skills and practice more instead of thinking how I can improve. So thank you. 🙂 I can’t wait to see how you come up with meals with this spice mix!

Arch says:

I love mid-Eastern food…this sounds like a great idea…never imagined they would used coconut flakes in this spice mix…Love the pictures Kankana…simply superb !

nisha says:

now thats something ive never heard of before, and a cuisine i havent really cooked much (have indulged n it quite a bit though). Pics are gorgeous

Tamara says:

I haven’t heard of this spice actually, but I really like it. Thanks for the recipe and gorgeous photos!

Joanne says:

Just judging by the ingredients, this spice blend and I have a date with destiny! Delicious.

Hi Kankana,

I’ve heard of this spice and have been wanting to give it a try. So happy to see you do a post on it. Your photos are so gorgeous! Now I really need to give it a try soon.

Kankana, amazing photography as usual. Welcome to the Middle-East! Dukkah is supposed to possess enormous health benefits…

Alya says:

Am definitely trying this once I’ve moved! (this week is utter chaos.)

You’v ealso inspired me to try some of my own blends as well… or try more frequently.

Nice Kankana. Just few weeks ago we were talking about it on one of my trips. Glad that you posted this. I think one of the papers in LA wrote about it too I got to check now that this post ressurected my memory/ lol

This sounds really tasty. I have never tried Dukkah but since i am familiar with all the spices used here I am sure I will enjoy it.

I enjoy the flavour of this blend but have always purchased it ready-made. I’m sure that making it myself will result in a much brighter taste. Thank you for sharing the instructions. I’ll be sharing a link to this post on my FB page.

wonder how I never heard of this, sounds so delish!

Shumaila says:

I have all the spices necessary for this! Gorgeous clicks as always!

Can you believe I too did a post inspired by same cookbook..
Wise Girls think alike..LOL
This looks fantastic!!..Love the clicks Kankana…

Poornima says:

This sounds like an amazing mixture, love the combination of spices and nuts! Stunning pics!!

katerina says:

Hi dear! I’m so glad to stummbled on your blog! I really like your posts [recipes and photographies]– Congratulations!
Count me as your newest follower 🙂
Kisses from Greece.


Eha says:

Love dukkah, especially with bread and olive oil. Normally have to admit to buying, but yours is quite unusual with the coconut, so shall definitely try! Thank you!

Liren says:

I love dukkah, just like this, with bread dipped in olive oil, quite heavenly! Would you believe that my first taste of dukkah was actually at a restaurant in Maui? How unlikely – though your version with coconut would have made plenty of sense there! I can’t wait to try it this way!

Debjani says:

Wise little blend of spices and nuts! Something I would love to read up on. Middle Eastern food is quite intriguing to say the least and this recipe is a good showcase.
Your props always catch my eye. They are just ‘so right’ and you are so very clever with them.

Elizabeth says:

I love that this spice mix has almonds! YUM!

mjskit says:

What a fabulous spice blend! I’ve never had anything like it. Definitely love the idea of using it with bread and a good olive oil! Thanks for sharing so a unique spice mix!

rebecca says:

wow what a cool spice blend with the almonds and coconut very nice, thanks for the congrats on 1000th post

a lovely little recipe!

Surprisingly I never heard of this before, loved the unique blend of spices & nuts specially almonds in it. Shall go by your advice and make it in small batch to start with :).

Lisa H. says:

Fantastic looking Dukkah…
Yes , I love having them with EVOO and bread too.

beena says:

wow…i love this…must try this dip sometime soon…fantastic pics!

nipponnin says:

How interesting! I never heard of dukkah before but I’m glad I’m not only one. Always fantastic looking photos!

dassana says:

gorgeous photos kankana. when i make dukkah i always make in small amount as well. i got to know about dukkah from an australian friend. it seems it is very popular in australia. the next time i will add some coconut too 🙂

Gorgeous photos, as always Kankana. I love dukkah, which lately I’ve used in soups. I also love your addition of coconut. I wouldn’t have thought to try that.

Thx for connecting with me on foodbuzz. I just subscribed to your blog feed and can’t wait to see what your next post will be!

Your photos are gorgeous!
I’m very intrigued by this mix. I love coconut, so this looks like something I would add to everything! Yum!

Charles says:

Hi Kankana, I love the sound of this – I’ve never heard of Dukkah before, and used as a bread dip with olive oil? Oh, yes please! This sounds like my sort of thing, and not too difficult to make either – you make it look delicious, absolutely wonderful photos!

Sihi says:

How beautiful! The pics is making my mouth water.


I agree, food has to smell, sound, or look good before I want to try it–but then I do try to be adventurous. I love the idea of sprinkling some dukkah on lentil soup!

I never knew that almond skin was bitter. I love making spices myself as well love the aroma. I just want to rub your dukkah on a piece of fish 🙂

Using this as a dip has me intrigued. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

Arch says:

Hey, your post was the topmost on foodbuzz…Yaaaay !! Congratulations !!

Found you on foodbuzz, congrats! This mix has so much potential, thank you for sharing it! I love bread with oil for dipping, but usually end up with more of a mediterranean flavor, so this will make a great addition to the bread dips!

Archana says:

Congrats …..Yay. This post is awesome and you really deserve it. Wonderful spice too.

Gorgeous photos. I’d love to try this soon. It sounds exotic, which always refreshes a family menu. Congratulations on reaching the foodbuzz top 9 today!

Excellent looking recipe, definitely deserving a place in the foodbuzz top 9, congratulations!

Kim says:

My fiance would love this! He has so many spices and has taught me so much about using them. We’ll definitely have to try this mix!

Wonderful spice mix!!!beautiful pictures.

i am always in need of different spice combinations and this is nothing short of fantastic. would love to do this soon

alpana says:

Very informative post & needless to say superbly captured. Thanks for sharing.

Tiffany says:

ONLY you can make spices look so beautiful! And congrats on Top 9!

Jacqueline says:

I love Middle Eastern flavours but I’ve never tried Dukkah before.
Nice tip about blanching the almonds. Very original post.

looks aromatic and flavourful deliciously done and presented

Time to get out the spices and make a batch of this myself!

You are so inspiring. And your spices look simply beautiful. Who would thought it’s possible, hahaha.

Such a great spice mix! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

Would love to mix up a batch of this, thanks for the recipe. Wonderful pictures, Kankana!

Kiran says:

Interesting mix of spices. I’ve always been curious about “dukkah”, thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

This is my next powder on the go. I know I would love it with just anything. The current one is a garlic flax seeds dry chutney. Just finished a batch and next is this Dukkah. I think I’ll make a big batch n keep in the fridge.