I have been trying to come up with some fun food gifts for Christmas. Something a little different that will stand out next to all the usual gifts. I should first explain the love affair I have with dukkah. I have evolved from simply dunking my bread in oil and then the dukkah to adding it to most of my salads. I have even started making it at home using different ingredients each time, having fun with combinations. So making a big batch and packaging it for family and friends for Christmas seemed like a brilliant idea. So I designed a festive label and glued it to the jar.
Hazelnuts, pistachios, sesame seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black pepper, sea salt.
Preheat oven to 180°C. Toast hazelnuts and pistachios for 3-4mins by spreading them onto a baking tray. Remove the skin of the hazelnuts by rubbing them between two tea towels after they have been toasted. Place nuts into food processor and process until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Heat a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add the sesame seeds and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes or until golden. Add to the bowl with the hazelnuts mix.
Place coriander seeds and cumin seeds in frying pan over medium heat, and cook, stirring frequently, for 1-2 minutes or until aromatic and seeds begin to pop. Transfer seeds to a mortar and pestle and pound until finely crushed. Add the crushed spices, pepper and salt to the nut mixture and mix well.