INJERA

Spelled እንጀራ in Amharic, this is a flat bread originating from Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is made from teff flour and water fermented with the previous batch, same process as a sourdough starter.

The teff is a little grain (less than 1mm wide) and its Amharic word actually means lost. Some sources say that the teff was already cultivated 4000 years ago. It was usually baked on a large clay plate placed over a fire. Nowadays, electrical stoves are more popular and easier to use.

The injera is used as a plate and cutlery, many different salads or stews are placed on top and people take a piece of the injera to eat the garnishes. It is eaten mostly everyday by Ethiopians families.

The teff flour is rich of nutrients and naturaly gluten-free. It is estimated that Ethiopians get 2/3 of their protein intake via injera. The protein percentage of the teff flour is around 9.5g per 100g.

Nowadays, the teff flour is also used to bake bread, biscuits, pasta and alcoholic beverages as well.

Injera

A very interesting flatbread with a strong sour taste. Perfect for lunch as you can put pretty much anything on top and wrap it. It’s naturally gluten-free! If you can’t find teff flour, go for buckwheat.
TYPE: Bread
COUNTRY: Ethiopia
YIELD: 6 injeras
KNEADING: 5 mins
FERMENTATION: 15 hrs
BAKING: 3 mins
TOTAL TIME: 15 hrs 8 mins

EQUIPMENT

  • Large flat pan

INGREDIENTS

Feeding of the liquid starter

  • 250 g teff flour
  • 250 g water at room temp.
  • 25 g liquid starter

Final mix

  • fed starter written above
  • 250 g water at room temp.
  • 5 g fresh yeast or 2g dried yeast

INSTRUCTIONS

Feeding the liquid starter

  • Mix everything together and let it ferment for 12 hours at room temperature.

Final mix

  • Put all the ingredients together and mix well with a whisk.
  • Let it ferment for 3 hours.

Baking

  1. Heat up a large flat pan with high heat. Lightly grease it with a paper towel.
  2. Pour a thin layer of the mix onto the pan.
  3. Cook for 1min and 30sec on each side.
  4. Take out of the pan and put on a plate.
  5. You can see a video of how I cooked it on my Instagram below :

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