Talk about myths busted. I went to Dubai planning to buy zat'ar, the fragrant herb and spice mix. And Dukkah, the interesting blend of nuts and spices. Not sumac, because I still have a pack left in my fridge. So zat'ar was easy - every Carrefour supermarket had that one. But no one had dukkah and I was like, how can they not have dukkah? It's a middle eastern thing, right! But well, they don't sell dukkah in Dubai, so I came back and armed with recipes from 10-odd blogs (all roughly the same), I set to make my own.
The key to making dukkah is : line up all your ingredients, toast each of them separately in a heavy non-stick pan till they are fragrant and lightly roasted, then put everything in a blender and grind coarsely. This is your dukkah. Now dip your bread in olive oil, then dip it in dukkah and indulge. A final word of warning: this can be highly addictive.
And finally, my list of ingredients:
1/4 cup almonds
2 tbsp coriander seeds
1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1/2 tbsp peppercorns
8-10 dried mint leaves
1/2 tsp fennel
1/2 tsp flaky sea salt
Thanks in advance for the reply..
p/s: I've been looking for dukkah since years...