Dukkah lamb cutlets with mint & pomegranate salad

It is so easy to put this dish together and yet it makes such a big impact with its sharp, clean flavours.

Dukkah is an Egyptian blend of spices with nuts. Try this blend with hazelnuts for a nuttier flavour.

Recipe extracted from Falafel for Breakfast, by Michael Rantissi and Kristy Frawley (Murdoch Books), RRP $49.99

 

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons hazelnut dukkah
8 large lamb cutlets (or lamb chops or noisettes)  

For the Mint & pomegranate salad
1 handful mint leaves
4 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
1 preserved lemon, skin only, julienned
juice of ½ a lemon
3 tablespoons olive oil 

For the Hazelnut dukkah (makes 520g)
1¾ cups hazelnuts
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1¼ cups sesame seeds
2 teaspoons sea salt flakes
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Put the olive oil and dukkah in a large bowl and mix together. Add the lamb and rub the dukkah mixture into the meat. Cover the bowl and transfer to the fridge to marinate for 30 minutes.  
  2. To make the salad, put the mint, pomegranate seeds and preserved lemon in a bowl. Shake together the lemon juice and olive oil in a small jar. Pour over the salad, toss gently and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, taking care not to use too much salt as there is salt in the dukkah on the cutlets.
  3. Heat the barbecue to high or heat a chargrill pan over high heat on your stovetop. Cook the lamb cutlets for 2–3 minutes on each side. Remove the pan from the heat and rest the lamb for 5 minutes before serving with the mint and pomegranate salad.


For the Hazelnut dukkah 

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Put the hazelnuts on one baking tray, and the coriander and cumin seeds on a separate tray, and bake until toasted, approximately 15 minutes.
  3. After the hazelnuts and seeds have been in the oven for 10 minutes, add the sesame seeds on a separate tray and toast for the remaining 5 minutes, or until lightly coloured. Remove all the trays from the oven and allow the nuts and seeds to cool to room temperature.
  4. Put the hazelnuts in a food processor and pulse to a coarse breadcrumb size. (You could also crush the hazelnuts the traditional way using a mortar and pestle – good exercise for the biceps!) Transfer the hazelnuts to a large mixing bowl.
  5. Put the cumin and coriander seeds in the food processor and process until almost a powder. (Use a mortar and pestle to do this if you prefer.)  
  6. Add this powder to the bowl along with the toasted sesame seeds, salt and pepper. Mix well using a wooden spoon.

Tips:

Dukkah can be kept for up to a year – but I am sure you will eat it all before then! It is best stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.