Duqqa

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Dakka
Dukkah.jpg
Type Dip
Course Side dish or hors d'œuvre
Place of origin Egypt
Region or state Egypt and Gaza Strip
Main ingredients Herbs, nuts (probably hazelnut), spices
Cookbook:Dakka  Dakka
for the Buddhist concept see Dukkha, for the exterior seat see Dakkah

Dakka[spelling 1] (Egyptian Arabic: دقة  pronounced [ˈdæʔʔæ]) is an Egyptian condiment consisting of a mixture of herbs, nuts (usually hazelnut), and spices. It is typically used as a dip with bread or fresh vegetables for an hors d'œuvre. Pre-made versions of dakka can be bought in the spice markets of Cairo, with the simplest version being crushed mint, salt and pepper which are sold in paper cones. The packaged variety is found in markets that is composed of parched wheat flour mixed with cumin and caraway.

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, vendor to vendor though there are common ingredients, such as sesame, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper. Reference to a 19th-century text lists marjoram, mint, zaatar and chickpeas as further ingredients that can be used in the mixture. A report from 1978[citation needed] indicates that even further ingredients can be used, such as nigella, millet flour and dried cheese. Some commercial variants include pine nuts, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.

Dakka is now becoming popular in some countries outside of Egypt. In the US, its gained exposure through such TV shows as Top Chef, Chopped and Iron Chef America. In Australia several companies now make it in a variety of flavours. It has become popular in the past ten years, probably due to recent Lebanese and Arabic immigration as well as television cooking shows such as SBS Food. It can be found in supermarkets, specialty stores and many farmers' markets.

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  1. ^ Also spelled: Duqqa, dukkah, dukka

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