Doah-Egyptian spice mixture



If we are already in the Egyptian kitchen, as I actually went to buy my habitual ”’ful-fix” from the spice market, the merchant offered:”‘I just happened to grind a fresh batch of Doah,would you like some?”

One whiff and he got me..

Doah is a mixture of ground spices eaten for breakfast or any snack time,usually by dipping  pieces of  pita bread first in olive oil,then into the mixture.Another nice version would be to spread some olive oil on toasted bread and then some ”Doah” on top..deeeelicious! Feel free to sprinkle the spice on salad or experiment using it in different dishes!

Doah mixture:

1/2 cup Coriander seeds

2 tbs Cumin seeds

1/2 cup Peanuts

1/2 Salt

1/2 cup Split dried Chickpeas

1/4 cup Dried Mint leaves

1/2 cup Sesame seeds

* Please note that combinations and relative amounts differ upon personal taste.


Toast each of the spices (not including salt  and mint)separately a little bit in a skillet to release their aroma,then grind all of them together.   Save in an airtight jar.

The aroma this spice has is fabulous and ever so warming in this weather..can`t you smell it already..?


6 Responses to “Doah-Egyptian spice mixture”

  1. That sounds great, must smell amazing!


  2. Marysa Alminana Says:

    There’s another way that Doah is eaten that I remember from my choldhood in Cairo: we used to get our (whole) milk delivered in glass jars so you would scrape the top which was pure cream, apread this cream on pita bread & sparingly sprinkle doah on top…food fit for Kings,…or in this case for Pharaos! Enjoy! I also believe there are variations on the ingredients, my mother’s recipe did not ask for mint or peanuts. Thank You


  3. kahliyalogue Says:

    Hello Marysa,
    Sounds like delightful memories ..! 🙂
    Yes indeed,as with all of these spice mixtures,the combinations slightly differ.I was in Jordan lately and their Doah is also different,I think it had hot Red pepper in it..
    Thank you for sharing!


  4. Elie Pallia Says:

    My mother Dora Pallia(nee Singer) still makes the best doa I sprinkle it on fasoulia beda(white bean and rice)


    • ohhhh wow! Would you like to share her version..? Id Love to hear which ingredients she chooses…as it varies slightly! Im intrigued..Thanx so much for sharing 🙂 Hmmm sounds lovely on this dish..never thought of it..I like sprinkling on some toast with olive oil..:))


    • can y share your mom Do’ah recipe…please..


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