Dukah is one of our favorite spice blends. We use it on everything, from soups, to salads and our beloved crostini. It can be made a variety of different ways - here is our version, using za'atar, Cyprus salt and black sesame seeds from our ILĀ spice line - currently available for pre-order on our kickstarter. By ordering your set in our kickstarter you'll help us bring this line to fruition !
1/2 cup almonds
3 tbsp pistachio nuts
3 tbsp coriander seeds
3 tablespoons black + white sesame seeds
2 tablespoons cumin seeds
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon zaatar
1 teaspoon Cyplus salt
Heat a heavy skillet over high heat, add the almonds and pistachios, and dry-toast until slightly browned and fragrant, being careful that they don't burn. Remove from the heat and cool completely. Repeat the procedure with each of the seeds and the peppercorns. Allow each of them to cool completely.
Chop the nuts as desired. We like to keep the nuts coarse so that they add texture to the spice blend. Place the peppercorns, cumin and coriander seeds, along with the lemon zest, za’atar and salt into a mortar and pound until the mixture is crushed. Or pulse in a food processor to a coarse consistency; do not allow the mixture to become a paste.
Finish by adding the coarsely chopped nuts and whole toasted sesame seeds and blend until just combined.
Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 1 month.