Saudi Arabia: Dakkous

Dakkous / Karen E Photography

Dakkous or daqqus, is a Middle-Eastern tomato sauce that is eaten with rice. I am not too fond of rice and I was amused to see how this revelation shocked the Saudi girls. I wonder whether the sauce will change my mind?
— Jackie Cameron

Dakkous (Tomato Sauce)

Makes 250ml


  • 15ml Sunflower Oil
  • 2cloves (10gr) Fresh Garlic, crushed
  • 250gr Ripe Tomatoes, skin removed and chopped
  • 2.5ml Cumin Seeds, toasted and crushed
  • 15ml Tomato Paste
  • 1 Fresh Chilli, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
  • Fine Salt
  • Freshly grounded Black Pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a pan, then add the garlic and cook for a few seconds.
  2. Add the tomatoes.
  3. Cover and allow to simmer on a low heat for about 30 minutes, or until the tomatoes are soft.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and cook with the lid off for about 2 minutes, then remove from the heat.
  5. The sauce can be stored in a sterilised glass bottle in the fridge then heated as needed.