To pound or as we Egyptians call it Dukaah, it is a delicious Egyptian seasoning that became rarely used or mentioned nowadays.
The name Dukaah is driven from the way this seasoning is being made, the word Dukaah origin is Yaduk or Duk which means pounding, this seasoning was very commonly used and made in Egyptian houses back in the old days, and as all things in Egypt does have a rich history, so is dukaah.
Dukaah with very famous among common Egyptian people, as it is easy to be made, tasty and of a very low cost, most importantly it is of many uses, it even became a slang that is being used to demonstrate pride, “even if I will eat it with dukaah” this slang means that by whatever means even if it will come to me find nothing to eat but dukaah I will not do a certain thing.
This shows how Dukaah is not pricey and it is something used by the commons.
So what does Dukaah consist of? Well, there is no specific items for the dukaah, what makes it special is it is being made with whatever is in hand, but most famous ingredients are walnuts, sesame and cumin.
To make Dukaah you have to simply have grains of nuts, spices and herbs.
Gather some walnuts, sesame, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, salt, red pepper flakes and dried mint.
For the seeds and nuts to give you a better taste and their best flavor it is better used roasted.
After roasting them on a medium heat, either in an oven or with a skillet on a stove top, add them to a pestle pounder with the salt, dried mint and the red pepper flakes and start pounding them together.
The traditional way for making Dukaah is by using the pestle as it is supposed to have a crunch within it, so pestle is the best tool for making Dukaah.
Add the mixture to an airtight jar, you also can put it in the fridge to increase its shelf-life.
Now what are we supposed to use Dukaah with? The best way to eat Dukaah seasoning is with bread.
You should toast some bread till it is crunchy, add some olive oil in a ramekin and some Dukaah in another, dip the toasted bread in olive oil then in Dukaah and enjoy a heavenly middle eastern taste.
but to you do not have to only enjoy Dukaah the traditional way, you can also use it as coating for meat, poultry and fish, also you can add it to a bread dough before baking.
Some sprinkle it over their cooked items like eggs and salads, others may use it in a sandwich to enhance the flavor or add it to some roasted veggies.
Whatever way you are going to eat Dukaah, you must try it, it is very easy to make and very tasty so do not miss on it.