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Traditional Ethiopian Teff Injera (Gluten-Free)


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I have an immensely difficult time finding gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, yeast-free bread products, so the ingredient list for this recipe couldn't be more ideal for a celiac. The only ingredients: teff, salt, and water. Injera is the bread staple of Ethiopia and is eaten by most households everyday. Injera is traditionally made solely with teff grain, although some modern recipes call for yeast or all-purpose flour as well.  The high iron content of teff makes it a perfect choice for a bread substitute. This recipe is very easy however, injera requires advanced planning and will not work for a last minute meal, as  it can take up to three days for the teff to ferment before cooking is possible.

Traditional Ethiopian Teff Injera (Gluten-Free)

Servings: 20
Ingredients:

  • 3 cups ground teff
  • 4 cup distilled water
  • Himalayan salt to taste
  • Olive oil for the skillet
Note: This is a large batch, as I like to have left-overs. Also, the
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or to an organic acid.'); return false">fermentation process takes a while, so it's nice to have some injera for later. For a smaller batch, cut the ingredients in half.
  1. Mix ground teff with the water and let stand in a bowl covered with a dish towel at room temperature until it bubbles and has turned sour. The fermentation process will take approximately 1-3 days. The fermenting mixture should be the consistency of a very thin pancake batter.
  2. Stir in the salt, a little at a time, until you can barely detect its taste.
  3. Lightly oil  a skillet 8 inches minimum but you can also use a larger one. Heat over medium heat.
  4. Pour in enough batter to cover the bottom of the skillet; About 1/4 cup will make a thin pancake covering the surface of an 8 inch skillet if you spread the batter around immediately by turning and rotating the skillet in the air; This is the classic French method for very thin crepes; Injera is not supposed to be paper thin so you should use a bit more batter than you would for crepes, but less than you would for a flapjack pancakes.
  5. Cook briefly, until holes form in the injera and the edges lift from the pan; Do not let it brown, and don't flip it over as it is only supposed to be cooked on one side.
  6. Remove and let cool. Place plastic wrap or foil between successive pieces so they don't stick together.
  7. To serve, lay one injera on a plate and ladle your chosen dishes on top. Serve additional injera on the side. Guests can be encouraged to eat their meal without utensils, instead using the injera to scoop up their food.
Important: Please use caution when eating with your hands. To avoid contamination make sure your hands are very clean with gluten-free soap before eating.

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Maddy
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05 Jul 2010 12:24:59 PM PDT
Himalayan Salt? According to a lot of current recipes I would have to keep: sea salt, kosher salt, fleur de sel, pink salt, black salt, etc etc etc.
Aren't we getting a little too specific here? And, maybe I'm ignorant but, would most Ethiopians have access to Himalayan salt as a regular staple in their kitchens? Or did some restaurant guru decide this was the salt of the week?
I would like to try the recipe, but don't think I'll buy a special salt for it, especially since the recipe say's to add salt to taste - which means you could use any salt.

 
Destiny
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06 Jul 2010 10:12:12 AM PDT
Hi Maddy,

I suggest Himalayan salt in my recipes because of the minerals that are derived from that particular salt. However, as with as with any recipe I post, you can use any salt you prefer.

Take care,

Destiny

 
June
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04 Sep 2010 8:33:50 AM PDT
How do you find ground teff? or how do you grind it? I can only find teff grains un-ground.

 
Mary
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09 Dec 2011 7:48:56 PM PDT
Please be careful buying injera from Ethiopian stores. They mix barely with it. Unless you make it yourself, do not trust the store bought injera. It is not gluten-free.

 
Dave
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04 Mar 2012 5:25:03 PM PDT
How is fermented bread "yeast free"? Or is the important thing avoiding packaged yeast? Forgive me if this is an ignorant question!

 
Teffmehl
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20 Jan 2013 11:03:40 AM PDT
mhhhh very good

 
chuck glenn
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23 Aug 2013 1:06:31 PM PDT
Injera relies on airborn yeast (which is how it ferments). So this is definitely not yeast-free. If you are a real stickler about that, try adding something like apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to sour it, and use baking soda to leaven it.




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