Injera Fun Facts :-
Most of the Ethiopian restaurants in America do not make a 100% Teff flour Injera! Most of the times, barley, sorghum or wheat flour are added to the Injera sourdough.
Traditional Injera is made from the flour of a grain called Teff.
Teff is Naturally gluten free and It is also an Ancient Grain.
Injera is cooked on a griddle fitted with a dome shaped lid called the Mitad. You can make it on a cast iron skillet and cover with a lid.
It serves as the utensil to eat. You basically tear a portion out and use that to scoop wot, farmer’s cheese, Shiro, Azifa, Gomen, Tibs , Alicha etc. All those are placed on top a injera and you eat with your hands.
It is not unusual to feed the person next to you with your hands. In fact it is encouraged.
I fermented my Teff flour with a mix of whey and yeast. I gave it 2 days for it to ferment thinking if I do Anything more and we would have an unpleasant sour tasting bread. I should have let it stay in for another day. Although I am not super happy with the texture of the bread , the flavors were good. I am leaving a recipe for the process I followed, but I will soon update how longer fermentation helped or did not help with the texture.
This month’s BreadBakers’ theme is Ancient Grains, hosted by Robin at A Shaggy Dough Story. Ancient grains are generally accepted to mean grains that have remained largely unchanged/un-hybridized over the last several hundred years, which means NO MODERN WHEAT. Here’s what our creative bakers came up with.
- Ancient 4 Grain Breakfast Bread from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Ancient Grain Carrot Bread from The Schizo Chef
- Barley Flour Donut Muffins from I Camp in my Kitchen
- Blueberry Peach Quinoa Oatmeal Muffins from Magnolia Days
- Buckwheat Savoury Pancakes from Mayuri’s Jikoni
- Dimbleby’s Breastfeeding Bread from Food Lust People Love
- Eggless Sorghum and Pearl Millet Banana Muffins (Eggless Jowar and Bajra Banana Muffins) from G’Gina’s Kitchenette
- Foxtail Millet Bagels from Cooking Club
- Garlic Cheesy Einkorn Crackers from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Injera Bread from Spiceroots
- Little Millet Banana Bread from Sara’s Tasty Buds
- Millet Idli from Gayathri’s Cook Spot
- Quinoa Banana Bread from Wholistic Woman
- Seeded Spelt Boules from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Spelt and Buckwheat Soda Bread from A Shaggy Dough Story
- Spelt and Einkorn Sourdough with Caramelized Onions from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Spelt Bread from Hostess at Heart
- Spelt Sweet Potato Paratha from Cook’s Hideout
- Teff Crepes with Spinach and Mushrooms from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Yeasted Jowar Naan from Sneha’s Recipe
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Injera Bread – 100% Teff Flour #Breadbakers
- 2 cups teff flour
- 1 C teff flour For adding later
- 2 cups water
- 1 C whey from yogurt
- 1/2 tsp yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- A little oil/ ghee to coat the pan
Stir together 2 Cups of teff flour and whey and water in a non reactive bowl/ glass jar. Add in the yeast and mix to combine.
Cover with a lid and leave in a dark closet for at least 24 hours.
Check the mixture for a risen, cracked, or bubbly surface which will tell you that your batter is ready.
When you are ready to make Injera, add the salt and and the remaining 1 C teff flour. Add water to make a pourable batter - like the pancakes and let it rest for another 20 to 30 minutes.
Heat a griddle/ pan to medium heat and lightly coat with oil. Pour about 1/2 to 3/4 C of the batter into the pan until the entire surface is evenly covered, about ¼” thick. Cover with a lid and cook for 2- 3 minutes. Cook only on one side without flipping it over.
Slide the injera out of the pan with a spatula and repeat the process using the rest of the batter.
The bread takes anywhere from 24 hours to 3 days to ferment. That time is not included in the prep time.