Cumin spice is made from cumin seeds, which are from the parsley family.
This aromatic spice is added to a variety of spices, herbs, seeds and nuts, such as coriander seeds, raw almonds, raw cashews, raw hazelnuts, macadamias or pistachio nuts, then blended to make wonderful Australian dukkahs.
Originally an Egyptian delicacy, dukkah (also spelled dugga or dukka) is now increasingly used in Western cuisine and can be made at home from your preferred blends of basic ingredients.
Often used as an appetizer or snack - fresh Turkish or crusty bread dunked first into good quality olive oil - the toasted and blended dukkah also works well as a seasoning with poultry, lamb and vegetables or as a sprinkle on just about anything! Add to soups, minced meats, pastry or breads, coat fish in it before grilling or frying, use in stuffings or sprinkle on salads, yoghurt, fruit or breakfast cereal – whatever takes your fancy.
The health benefits of spices, combined with those from nuts, mean that the delicacy is also good for you!
Not all dukkahs use this spice. The combination of ingredients is varied, depends on personal preferences and is limited only by your imagination and the time at your disposal. Of course, you can make your own dukkah version and have fun doing so.
Raw pistachios, almonds, cashews or hazelnuts are oven-roasted. A selection of spices and seeds – perhaps cumin, coriander seeds, sesame seeds and unsweetened coconut are lightly toasted in a hot pan and combined in a food processor with the nuts of your choice and salt to whatever consistency of coarseness you want.
Dukkah (dugga meaning ‘to pound’) will keep well for weeks in an airtight container or longer in a fridge and may also be frozen.
Tropical Superfoods used to produce a nutritious range of dukkahs, which had no added preservatives, colours or flavours. They were prepared with care and had a high percentage of nuts, which are rich in protein, fibre, monounsaturated fats and anti-oxidants.
Fabulous for enhancing savoury flavours, there was also a sweet choice, which I loved to add to my morning cereal or yoghurt - Nutty Sprinkle!
Sweet nutty sprinkle