For the dukkah


  • STEP 1

    For the dukkah, heat oven to 180C/ 160C fan/gas 4. Roast the hazelnuts and sesame seeds separately until golden. Meanwhile, toast the coriander and cumin seeds in a dry pan until fragrant – about 1 min. Cool everything.

  • STEP 2

    Transfer the nuts, spices and remaining dukkah ingredients to a food processor, coffee grinder or pestle and mortar. Blend to a coarse mix. This will store in an airtight jar for up to a month.

  • STEP 3

    Slice the watermelon into small, thin wedges. Trim the rind from the base of each wedge so that they can stand up, brush the tops with a little olive oil and dip into the dukkah to serve.


Originally from Egypt, dukkah (duqqa) is a mix of nuts, sometimes seeds and spices. It is usually eaten as a dip with bread – dunk the bread in olive oil, then the dukkah. You can also use for a crust on lamb. Keep leftovers in an airtight container.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2010


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