Spicing Things Up With Dukkah

It’s been a busy few days around here, as I’m trying to prepare myself for this weekend’s Body Attack instructor training! Eek! It’s going to be a very intense two days, and I’m definitely feeling anxious about the whole thing. I took a quick trip to the grocery store this afternoon to pick up a few snacks for the weekend, and also to get Thomas out of the house for some fresh air. I also grabbed a salad for lunch while we were out, as I was starving after 2 hours of choreography practice during Thomas’s nap.

Have you ever tried dukkah? I discovered it last month (in this same salad), and I’m hooked!



Dukkah (also spelled duqqa) is an Egyptian side dish made up of various herbs, spices, seeds, and nuts that are dry roasted and pounded together. There are many varieties and flavours, but I recently picked up a lemon and herb one from the spice aisle of the grocery store here in Brisbane. I’ve been sprinkling it on salads, kabobs, veggies, fish, and chicken, but there is so much you can do with it! It’s becoming quite the popular additive to foods here in Australia, but I am uncertain of its presence in North America. However, it’s very easy to make as well. Check out this recipe or this recipe for savoury hommade dukkah! Or even a sweet dukkah version like this one, which might be nice on fruit based salads or baked brie.

I got a little excited while browsing for more things to do with dukkah. The possibilities are endless! Here are a few simple recipes that are currently bookmarked in my “Food To Make” folder:


Dukkah Spiced Green Beans & Mushrooms


Dukkah Roasted Pumpkin (ie: Squash), Sweet Potato, and Goat Cheese ‘Pizza’


Dukkah Encrusted Zucchini Fries


Pumpkin, Lentil, and Couscous Salad with Dukkah


Pan Roasted Cauliflower with Dukkah


There are so many more ideas out there, but those are just a few that caught my eye (or stomach)! Pinterest has a ton of great ideas as well, if you are interested in other ways to use dukkah. I think it is such a nice change from my go-to spices, and really adds such a great, healthy kick to your dishes!

Have you ever used/tried dukkah?


8 Thoughts on “Spicing Things Up With Dukkah

  1. Well, this sounds interesting! I’ve never heard of dukkah before and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it around here either. I’ll have to take a closer look in the health food store because it does sound like something I’d love.

  2. Hi Kelly! I’ve been following your blog for some time now and recently noticed that your new posts were not being updated in my Feedly. I tried deleting it and re-adding your blog and noticed that it doesn’t seem to want to add. Did you change something in your settings? (I am a total noob at these technology things so thought I’d ask!)

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on October 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm said:

      Hey Esther! Thanks so much for commenting. Listen, if there is ever a techy-noob, it’s ME! I recently switched over from Blogger to WordPress, and with the change came many problems that I am working to resolve (slowly, but surely). I’ll add this one to the list. I’m glad you let me know. Someone else had emailed me about the same thing, so now I know it’s a bigger problem. Maybe follow on the Facebook page or Twitter or Bloglovin’ for now, and hopefully this will be resolved ASAP :)

  3. Dukkah sounds amazing! (And omg, these pictures are making me hungry!!!!!) I might have to try to whip up a batch for my pantry! It looks so versatile.

  4. Hi Kelly!
    Love your site :-) Thank you for including my recipe in your round up. Those green beans and mushrooms look very inviting, I must say. Have a fab weekend!

  5. Best of luck at body attack training, you’ll be so great!! xoxo

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