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Egyptian Sesame And Almond Spice Blend (dukkah)

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How to Make Egyptian Sesame and Almond Spice Blend (Dukkah)

SERVINGS: 3
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp
1/4 c
1/4 c
1 tbsp
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Dry roast sesame, almond, cumin, and coriander seeds. Mix with remaining ingredients and chop with a food processor.

WHAT IS EGYPTIAN SESAME AND ALMOND SPICE BLEND (DUKKAH)?

Egyptian Dukkah is a popular dish served in Cairo. Experiment with warm, digestive stimulants and nuts.

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Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.

Is Egyptian Sesame and Almond Spice Blend (Dukkah) Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Egyptian Sesame and Almond Spice Blend (Dukkah)' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.
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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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Crunchy

CRUNCHY

Makes an audible noise when you eat them. Can provide fun texture variation.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Egyptian Sesame and Almond Spice Blend (Dukkah)
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Carminative

CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

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Appetizer

APPETIZER

Herbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING

Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.

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Strengthens Resolve

STRENGTHENS-RESOLVE

Increases determination and courage by reducing stress and building strength.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Builds Stamina

BUILDS-STAMINA

Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Vulnerary

VULNERARY

An herb used for the treatment of wounds (antiulcer, connective tissue tonic).

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Decongestant

DECONGESTANT

An herb that reduces mucus production often by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.

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Expectorant

EXPECTORANT

Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.

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Anthelminthic

ANTHELMINTHIC

Kills parasitic worms (hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms, etc).

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Immune Calming

IMMUNE-CALMING

Herbs that interrupt an allergic reaction or calm the immune system, useful in allergies and autoimmune conditions.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Galactagogue

GALACTAGOGUE

Increases production of breast milk, often by raising prolactin and diaphoresis.

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Muscle Relaxant

MUSCLE-RELAXANT

Herbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.

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Constituents:
Protein,
Phytates

PHYTATES

Phytates prevent absorption of nutrients. They are commonly found in all seeds, including nuts, grains, and beans. Sprouting greatly reduces phytate content, as well as long, slow cooking with vinegar.

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Magnesium

MAGNESIUM

Helps muscles relax. Laxative.

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, Fats, Tannins, Zinc, Sodium, Vitamin E,
Iron

IRON

Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells.

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Calcium

CALCIUM

Calcium nourishes bones and muscles. A muscle cell is activated when calcium enters the cell. It relaxes when the calcium is secreted.

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, Phosphorous, Melatonin

Foods with a Similar Nature to Egyptian Sesame and Almond Spice Blend (Dukkah)

Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Strengthens-resolve, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Digestive, Flushes-sinuses

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Digestive, Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant

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Fennel Seeds

Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common

Immune-calming, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Galactagogue, Vulnerary, Appetizer, Carminative, Diuretic

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Galactagogue, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Soothes-throat, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Digestive, Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant

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Coriander Seed

Coriander Seed has these Actions in Common

Anthelminthic, Carminative, Diuretic, Vulnerary, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Immune-calming

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Thyme (fresh)

Thyme (fresh) has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Immune-calming, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Anthelminthic, Decongestant, Expectorant, Vulnerary

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Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Immune-calming

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Dill

Dill has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Galactagogue, Carminative, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy

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Cardamom

Cardamom has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Diuretic, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Carminative, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Appetizer

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Fenugreek

Fenugreek has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Vulnerary, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Galactagogue, Carminative, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Egyptian Sesame and Almond Spice Blend (Dukkah)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Immune-calming, Appetizer, Muscle-relaxant, Burns-toxins, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic

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Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz

Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Vulnerary, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Expectorant, Immune-calming, Anthelminthic, Stimulates-energy

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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Immune-calming, Appetizer, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive

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Osha

Osha has these Actions in Common

Immune-calming, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Expectorant

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Decongestant, Digestive, Diuretic, Immune-calming, Muscle-relaxant, Stimulates-energy

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Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Expectorant, Muscle-relaxant, Appetizer, Cardiac-stimulant

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Elecampane

Elecampane has these Actions in Common

Muscle-relaxant, Stimulates-energy, Anthelminthic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Expectorant

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Haritaki

Haritaki has these Actions in Common

Vulnerary, Anthelminthic, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Diuretic, Expectorant, Immune-calming

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Galactagogue, Immune-calming, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Strengthens-resolve, Vulnerary, Builds-stamina

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Trikatu

Trikatu has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Appetizer

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Pushkaramoola

Pushkaramoola has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Expectorant, Immune-calming, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive

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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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