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I use my Thermomix to chop the nuts.
Course Rub or Coating
Cuisine Egyptian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Valerie Lugonja and others


  • 2-3 cups hazelnuts; toasted , peeled and chopped (or pistachios, pecans, almonds; a combination of two is often used)
  • 1-2 cups sesame seeds , toasted until brown
  • ½ cup coriander seeds , toasted
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds , toasted
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns , toasted
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds , toasted
  • 1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt

Optional Additions:

  • 4 Allspice Berries , toasted
  • 2 tablespoons dried cilantro or mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds , toasted


  1. The smaller seeds will toast very quickly, so watch carefully to avoid burning
  2. After all ingredients are prepared, toasted, etc., mix together and taste
  3. Adjust salt to taste

Recipe Notes

I used the first amount in the ingredient list, but found the cumin too strong, though others liked it.
Adjust the ingredients to your liking; this is a deliciously exotic meat or cheese coating.