Friday, September 05, 2014

Egyptian Dukkah & Roasted Carrot soup with Dukkah

Today we are visiting Egypt for a Spice-mix, that is so versatile and can be used in stir-fries, soups, saute's or as a dip for your bread. Dakka/Dukkah/Dukka is an Egyptian side dish consisting of a mixture of herbs, nuts, usually hazelnut, and spices. It is typically used as a dip with bread or fresh vegetables. The word is derived from the Arabic for "to pound" since the mixture of spices and nuts are pounded together after being dry roasted to a texture that is neither powdered nor paste-like. The actual composition of the spice mix can vary from family to family.
I used this spice-mix in butter and paired it along yesterday's Djibouti for breakfast. It was an amazing burst of flavor.
Source here
Ingredients
3/4 Cup hazelnuts
1/4 cup pistachios
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup coriander seeds
1/4 cup cumin seeds
2 tbsp peppercorns
1/2 tsp salt

Method
  • Roast each of the ingredients separately. Remove the skin from hazelnuts after roasting. Just rub it with a paper towel or a kitchen towel, the skin will peel off easily.
  • Let the ingredients cool. Take them together in a food processor and pulse few times to get a corase mixture. 
  • Take care not to grind continuously, you will end up with a paste. Pulse the processor, to get a medium-coarse spice mixture.
  • Store this spice-mix in a air-tight container and this can be used on variety of dishes. 
  • You can sprinkle it on regular veggies, bread, soups, or can be used to make spice-oil/butter.
Source here
Roasted Carrot soup with dukkah (serves 2)
Ingredients
3 nos medium carrots
4 cloves of garlic
1 green chili
1/2 tsp dukkah spice + 1/2 tsp for garnish
salt to taste
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp greek yogurt/cream for garnish

Method
  • Peel the carrots and cut them into big chunks. I halved the carrots and cut each halve into 4 pieces. 
  • Take them into a round pan, add butter, carrots, and garlic. Season with salt and dukkah spice. Take care while adding salt, since dukkah too has some salt.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C, roast the carrots for 40 minutes or until the top turns brown and you can feel the aroma of the spice wafting in your kitchen.
  • Let it cool for 10 minutes. Take the contents in a blender, puree it smooth by adding 1 cup of water. Adjust water according to your preferred consistency.
  • Take the blended soup to stove, let it simmer for 10 minutes.Take it off the stove. Serve it warm, with 1/4 tsp of dukkah sprinkled over and a blob of cream or greek yogurt.


  
   
   

17 comments:

  1. That bowl of soup is inviting me, now am tempted to give a try to this dukkah..Sounds interesting;

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  2. Both the dishes seem to have come out so well Priya..love the soup's bright colour!

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  3. I had read up on the spice powder and found it very interesting. Roasted carrot soup would sound so good on a cold winter day. Love it.

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  4. Dukkah seems to be the wonder spice in Egyptian kitchens as sambar powder is in south Indian kitchens! Roasted carrot soup would be a wonderful soup in the next few weeks for folks in the Northern hemisphere.

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  5. Bookmarked. That dukkah is really unique. Never came across a spice powder with nuts and that bowl of soup is colorful.

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  6. Love the color of the soup , Priya and the spice sounds very flavorful!

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  7. very beautiful spice mix...glad you introduced it.....

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  8. that soup must e so flavorful with dukkah..

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  9. Now I know what to do with my dukkah spice that I bought a while back. That roasted carrot soup sounds delicious.

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  10. amazing combo of ingredients in the spice mix

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  11. ahhhh now I know this was spice in the butter yesterday :) very tempting carrot soup priya , I wud love to try this flavorful soup :)

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  12. I saw this in nandinis blog and bookmarked it.Now I also have a soup to try with this spice blend. Roasted carrot soup sounds delicious Priya!

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  13. Love that ingredients and very flavor full dukkah

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  14. I too made this for E Priya! But i used almonds and walnuts. Your addition of pista makes it looks colourful too. Used the spice only in cookies and crackers so far. Must try your soup next

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  15. Lovely and yum. I wish I can have some now Priya and I have just had a heavy dinner. I love the spice mix.

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Thanks a Lot for taking your time out and Visiting my Kitchen!!!!! Your Valuable Comments keep me going!!! Feel free to ask your doubts , i will definitely try reply you back. Good Day!!!

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