This mix of Vanns spices, nuts, and seeds, toasted and coarsely ground, can add flavor and sophistication to a variety of savory dishes.
"Dukkah" is a term that can technically be used to decribe any mix of nuts, seeds, and spices that has been coarsely ground in a mortar and pestle -- this version uses hazelnuts for a toasty, nutty flavor, as well as a mix of savory, peppery, earthy Vanns spices to create a condiment that can be sprinkled over just about anything that could benefit from an infusion of Middle Eastern-ish flavor.
Sprinkle it over your homemade hummus to wow at a potluck, over a simple salad as a more flavorful substitute for the crunch of a crouton, over roasted vegetables, chicken cutlets, poached eggs -- the only limit is your imagination! Once you have this dukkah in your pantry, you'll want it to become one of your staples.
A note: If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can use a food processor or spice grinder to make this mix - just be careful not to over-process the hazelnuts and turn them into nut butter!
Makes about 1 cup. Adapted from Diana Henry.
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