Roasted Carrots With Feta and Dukkah

Roasted carrots with feta and dukkah

The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
207 Calories
13g Fat
21g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 315mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Protein 5g
Calcium 140mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Dukkah, an Egyptian condiment with a distinctly nutty taste, is definitely not a typical spice blend but, rather, a fragrant combination of roasted nuts and seeds. Typical dukkah contains some common ingredients such as nuts (usually hazelnuts but other nuts can be used), sesame seeds, coriander, cumin, salt, and pepper. From there, you can add your own spin with things like mint, dried thyme, or spicy peppers.

Dukkah can be found in spice and Middle Eastern markets, and sometimes in the international aisle of some supermarkets, but it's easy to make at home and there are lots of possible variations so you can experiment and find your perfect custom blend.

Use dukkah as a crust for meat, chicken, or fish, as a dip for pita bread and olive oil, or as a seasoning for vegetables. Fresh carrots seasoned with dukkha and olive oil and then topped with tangy cheese make an extraordinary side dish.

Ingredients

  • For the Dukkah:
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • For the Roasted Carrots:
  • 1 pound carrots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for making roasted carrots with feta and dukkah

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  2. To make the dukkah, add the hazelnuts to a dry skillet or cast iron and toast for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring often.

    A pan with hazelnuts toasting

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  3. Move the hazelnuts to a dish and add the sesame seeds, coriander seeds and cumin seeds to the pan. Toast for another 1 to 2 minutes and remove from the pan.

    A pan with sesame, coriander, and cumin seeds toasting

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  4. Add the toasted hazelnuts, sesame seeds, coriander seeds and cumin seeds to a food processor and pulse for 2 to 4 minutes. You want the ingredients to break down into very small pieces but not to turn into a paste. You can also do this by hand in a mortar and pestle. Add black pepper and salt. Set aside.

    A food processor filled with seeds and hazelnuts

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  5. Pre heat oven to 400 F. Peel the carrots and slice in half lengthwise. Toss in the olive oil and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

    A baking sheet with parchment paper and carrots

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  6. Roast for approximately 20 minutes or until the carrots are just fork tender.

    A baking sheet with roasted carrots

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  7. Place on a serving dish and top with the crumbled feta and about 1/4 cup of the dukkah. Serve warm. Extra dukkah can be stored in an airtight container for 1 month.

    A plate of carrots with feta and dukkah sprinkled on top

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Tip

  • In case you want to make the dukkah in the oven, pre-heat your oven to 350 F and spread the nuts and seeds out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast for about 2 minutes.