I was looking for a way to enliven my cooking when I happened to look at the ingredients list on a bottle of dukkah, a seasoning blend from Egypt. A light bulb went on in my head: I had fennel seeds, sesame seeds, and sliced almonds at home just waiting for a new taste adventure.
Dukkah-inspired mashed cauliflower
Cauliflower came to mind because it is mild and sweet, it’s what I had in my fridge, and it mashes well. But this seasoning combination could enhance any vegetable (including mashed carrots, potatoes, or yams or sautéed greens) or rice, bean, or lentil dish. Sky’s the limit!
- fennel seeds
- sesame seeds
- sliced almonds
- Crush the fennel seeds with a rolling pin or jar. Toast the fennel seeds, sesame seeds, and sliced almonds in a dry pan until just golden.
- Separate the cauliflower into florets. Steam or microwave until soft. Chop and mash.
- Stir in seeds and almonds. Season to taste with salt and pepper.