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Gaziantep Dukkha

Gaziantep Dukkha

The Turkish city of Gaziantep is renowned for its inimitable pistachios, which are understandably used widely in their regional cooking.Dukkha is a dipping dish enjoyed widely throughout the Middle East. A versatile serving to be enjoyed as morning breakfast or a late-night snack or anytime between. You can also mix it with olive oil and serve on a salad.


  • 3 Tbsp Zaatar
  • ¼ cup pistachios (from Gaziantep if possible)
  • 1 pinch Isot pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Bread sliced into small cubes


  1. 1

    With a mortar and pestle, grind the zaatar. Add the pistachios and crush to a coarse powder. Add the Isot pepper and mix well.

  2. 2

    Transfer the blend to a small plate. Serve with a saucer of olive oil and a plate of bread.

  3. 3

    Dip a piece of bread in the oil and then dip once more in the zaatar and pistachio blend.