Ethiopian Flatbread (Injera style)
Injera is the national food of both Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is a type of sourdough flatbread that uses a grain called Teff (*See additional notes on Teff). Traditionally, it is also fermented over a number of days to be used to make the flatbread. NOTE, this is not a traditional (authentic) Injera recipe, we have given it a more local, South African twist to use ingredients that are easier and more available for our customers. So, why do we call this an “Injera style” flatbread? That’s because we used a different flour or grain, instead of Teff, however, it is the same method and similar consistency as authentic Injera. In our Injera recipe, we used wholewheat and cornflour.
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- Side Dish
Prep Time10 minutes
Cooking Time10 minutes
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) corn flour
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) wholewheat flour
- 500 ml (2 cups) plain flour
- 7.5 ml (1/2 Tbsp) sugar
- 30 ml (2 Tbsp) baking powder
- 7.5 ml (1/2 Tbsp) instant dry yeast
- 10 ml (2 tsp) salt
- 500 ml (2 cups) water, lukewarm
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well, cover and set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled in size. Once doubled in size, knock down by mixing with a wooden spoon.
- Heat a large frying pan with a dash of olive oil. Add about 80 ml (1/3 cup) of the batter to the pan and after it just starts to set, use the back of a large metal spoon to distribute the batter thinly and evenly around the pan.
- Cook until golden brown and flip to cook the other side for about 1 minute or until cooked.
- Serve Injera with a delicious vegetabe stew or curry.
What is Teff?
Teff is an ancient grain, which has gained popularity in Western cultures due to it being a grain that is rich in nutrients. It is a whole grain that is high in protein, and also contains lots of calcium, iron and fibre. Teff has a nutty-like flavour. Teff is a staple in Ethiopia, and can also be used to make porridge, bread etc.
How do I eat Injera?
Injera has a pancake-like consistency, slightly thicker but light and fluffy compared to your middle Easter style flatbread. Traditionally, Injera is eaten with stews, such as ‘misir wat’, ‘kai sega wat’ and ‘doro wat’. Say what? Those are also known as Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew (try this recipe!), Spicy Beef Stew, or a Spicy Chicken Stew respectively.
The meal is then eaten by breaking off small bits of the injera at a time, using it to scoop up the stew, instead of using utensils.