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A recipe for dukkah with pistachios & macadamia nuts

At the start of a recent long lunch at Emerson’s in the Hunter Valley the waitress asked ‘Would you like to start with house-made bread?’ I almost said no wanting to save valuable stomach space for dessert. But, in the end I was glad my husband insisted on bread. Why? Because with the bread came with a delicious nutty dukkah. I walked away with a note-to-self to make home-made dukkah to share with you (to show just how easy it is).

Dukkah with pistachios & macadamia nuts, recipeI reviewed a few recipes online and this is where I landed. It is such a great way to use up surplus spices and nuts that may otherwise sit in your pantry way beyond their peak condition. Don’t be too fussy about the type of nuts – instead use up what you have in the pantry.

Dukkah with pistachios & macadamia nuts, recipeIngredients

  •  50g mixed nuts – ideally 25g pistachios and 25g of one or more of hazelnuts, macadamias or almonds
  •  2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp fennel seeds
  • ¼ tsp black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp salt (ideally Himalayan pink salt)
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes (optional)

You can substitute the coriander and cumin seeds for ground coriander and cumin, but roasting and grinding the seeds produces a much more robust kick of spice.

Dukkah with pistachios & macadamia nuts, recipeSteps to prepare

  1. Toast the nuts until they are golden – you can do this in a saucepan on a low to medium heat or on a baking tray in the oven at 180C for around 10 minutes.
  2. Toast the seeds and black peppercorns – again in a saucepan on a medium heat for a few minutes (or until they are aromatic). See image below.
  3. Grind the seed and peppercorn mix – use a mortar and pestle and lightly ground into a powder.
  4. Crush the nuts – do this once they have cooled and again use a pestle and mortar (don’t go overboard as you want a crunchy nut mix not a fine nut meal).
  5. Combine the spice and nut mixes – then season with the salt and paprika (and add the optional chilli flakes). That’s all there is to it.

Dukkah with pistachios & macadamia nuts, recipeTo serve

  • Use as a dip with fresh bread and olive oil (and balsamic vinegar)
  • Sprinkle on lamb koftas (or any slow-cooked lamb dish)
  • Use as a crunchy topping for yoghurt with berries
  • Transform an oven-baked chicken breast with a dukkah crust

Dukkah with pistachios & macadamia nuts, recipeBy Feast Wisely

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