If you feed it just before using, it will not have the sourdough flavor that is so desirable with injera. They import the 100% teff injera to sell to their customers from Ethipia. I made 1/4 of the recipe and made 5 6” rounds to begin to get a feel for the recipe. Altitude, humidity…? I tried 5 days once and found it too sour for our tastes. With a jug pouring the injera dough 5.JPG 2,272 × 1,704; 1.34 MB. Injera is an Ethiopian flatbread with a consistency somewhere between a crepe and a pancake. An optional next step is to cook a small portion of the dough, then add it back in to the rest of the (raw) dough. We really like Ethiopian food. Granted, it does not have the complex, sourdough flavor of the long-fermented injera that takes days to prepare. I have read “Teff Love” and I think Kittee Berns did a good job with it. Making injera is very similar to cook pancakes of French crepes. It isn’t as sour as real injera, but it is very close in texture and taste to the real thing. You can either serve injera flat, like a plate for the food, or roll it up and slice it into halves or thirds, for people to take as they need. Preparing the batter for cooking after fermentation, Ethiopian recipes to have with your injera, Injera - Ethiopian Sourdough Teff Flatbread (parve), Ethiopian Cabbage, Carrot, and Potato Stew – Tikel Gomen, Ethiopian Stewed Yellow Split Peas – Kik alicha, Ethiopian Spicy Stewed Red Lentils – Misir Wot, Ethiopian Collard Greens – Ye’abesha Gomen. You may want to microwave each piece 10 seconds or so. I can’t remember what I paid for it, but I purchased it at Kare Baltena International Wholesale and Retail on Picket street in Alexandria, VA. in a 25-pound bag for a significant discount. Injera ist in Äthiopien und Eritrea schon fast eine Art Grundnahrungsmittel und wird gerne zu Ragouts und Eintöpfen, dem äthiopischen Wot gereicht. I can be nice, mature, and intelligent, but I can also be the complete opposite. Do you think it’s possible to make like a 10% teff injera and 90% wheat that still has a strong sourdough flavor? The injera will not get cooler than the room while sitting on the counter. I’d love to know about the starter. They are excellent when seasoned with berbere or mitmita. Two of my college age grandsons are escaping the virus here while they finish classes on line. Add the warm water and salt. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard from someone who has made my injera recipe with rye. Then you'll release the injera by turning the skillet over a plate. I’ve talked with Ethiopian chefs and they say they have difficulty making it with just teff in the United States. Copyright © 2020 Tamar Marvin | 24six.net, How to make injera, Ethiopian sourdough teff flabread. The injera came out absolutely delicious, and it was such a thrill after several failed attempts. Obviously, I misspoke. Injera is cooked only on one side, without flipping, so you need the lid to set the top. This past weekend I made my yummiest injera ever and want to share with my readers the slight variations I made to the basic instructions. Hi, thank you for your question. I know an Ethiopian chef who does that and she achieved beautiful pillowy injera, though hers was not as sour as traditional whole teff injera. I’m going to make an Ethiopian feast next Sunday (I cook for my son and his family every Sunday) to celebrate the older grandson coming out of quarantine. Heat a nonstick pan or lightly oiled cast-iron skillet until a water drop dances on the surface. My only problem was an inability to make a good injera. That’s not how physics works. Do not over-blend. As moisture accumulates on the inside of the lid, wipe it off with a paper towel or a clean cotton cloth so the moisture does not drop onto the injera and cause gummy spots. In Ethiopia, the best injera is made from 100 percent teff, which gives it a soft, velvety quality and lets the batter ferment longer to make it tangier. Sift the teff flour into a mixing bowl. Another thing, if you have leftover injera, you can sprinkle each piece with berbere or mitmita spice blends, or leave them plain, cut them into 2-inch squares, and dry them in your dehydrator. Take care, Danielle. Thank you, Anna. Injera is a spongy Ethiopian sourdough flatbread made from teff flour, a grain special to Ethiopia. I’ve had help along the way from friends and his family. Samuel, a co-owner of the store, is very helpful. I prefer 36 hours. I’m so glad you enjoyed making my injera recipe and with such success! Tonight I am going to be cooking up the rest of the batter with some shiro, miser wat and some other dishes I have been unable to enjoy without nailing the injera. Hi, I will definitely give you a 5 star for the look of the injera and the precision of your recipe and explanation. Good luck!! I was born in America and my parents are from Ethiopia, a country located in East Africa. I hope this helps. When the injera has cooled completely, you may stack them on top of each other. Thank you for the recipe. Well, I’ve finally done it! I will let you know if I have any success. The leet with teff and barley fared better, but I don’t like it as much as I like my version. Keep experimenting with your teff starter technique and you will get there! I created this quick method because Americans don’t tend to make injera daily as the Ethiopians do so we don’t keep a batter (leet) fermenting in our fridge. When working with flour, it is much more accurate to measure by weight than by volume. Pour 1/2 to 3/4 cup batter into the hot pan and tilt the pan on all sides unit the batter spreads evenly across the bottom of the pan. I agree that teff is quite expensive. Teff is so pricey. Use a spoon to loosely fill your measuring cup with flour. Congratulations on your success! Injera, the traditional Ethiopian flatbread, is undoubtedly still the most common use for teff, even in the US. The popular model electric injera skillet is set at 450F / 230C, to give you a rough idea. Simply plug the crepe maker in to let it heat up, spread a thin layer of batter and watch it cooks in seconds. This seems to be a traditional step for getting better bubbling in the finished injera, although I also read several recipes by native Ethiopian cooks who omitted it. The rest should be rolled up like cigars and served on the side. You can use 100% white wheat flour (also called whole wheat pastry flour), I believe. Hi, Ellie, I am thinking of experimenting with your recipe, Danielle, because it is so easy, but using gluten-free flours instead. I used a gluten free all purpose flour that contains rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca starch, and xanthan gum so I omitted the cornstarch. I’m so glad you had success with my injera recipe. I did not particularly like the results. It's made from batter that's fermented—meaning, left out at room temperature for a day or three—then cooked over high heat so that it forms lots and lots of spongy little "eyes." Amazing recipe! When I tasted the injera without a dish I though it needed salt, but then we had some left over red lentil and sweet potato curry which I warmed up to eat them with. A sourdough starter may be one volume when you begin a recipe and can easily double in size by the time you add it to the batter because it is alive and actively growing as it sits on your countertop. Heat a lidded nonstick skillet over *high* heat (no need to grease). It’s definitely a big hit in my house! Cover loosely with a paper towel, and let the mixture stand overnight. it's used as a utensil!) Every Ethiopian chef I’ve met says it is virtually impossible to make Injera using 100% teff in the United States. It features family-tested kosher recipes from my Israeli-American, globally-inflected kitchen. Thank you so much. If you let it cool a little, it will lay flat when you pull it to its correct position with little or no harm to the bread. Happy Cooking! (The ivory is the kind often used at Ethiopian restuarants in the US.). I've tried it both with wild yeast (that is, just mixing the flour with water and letting it stand) and adding active dry yeast to the initial batter. Note- if for some reason you have accidentally folded an edge of the injera over itself while transferring to the cloth to cool (it happens to the best of us), allow it to cool slightly before attempting to straighten the injera. Add all-purpose flour. Good luck! Thank you for your interesting question. This recipe should make eight to ten 12-inch injeras, depending on how thick you make them. … After three years of experimentation, I’ve come up with a foolproof Ethiopian injera recipe that is quick and easy. I let it ferment for another day or two and then added water to make it the right consistency for a crepe. Time to pull out my Ethiopian spices, lol! After three years of experimentation, I’ve come up with a foolproof Ethiopian injera recipe that is quick and easy. If your fermented batter has a watery layer on top of it (like in the photo above on the left—it's the dark stuff), pour it off into the sink. You'll need a large, lidded skillet for the job, preferably non-stick, since the injera batter spreads out best without any greasing at all. These will be used to eat the stews by pinching the stews between pieces of injera. I’ve never used a food-processor for this but I believe a Kitchenaid will work fine. Then (or if not, which is okay too; it all depends on what yeast is in your air), go ahead and stir the batter well. Happy cooking! Especially adding the all purpose flour will pretty much erase the excellent nutrients that you get from pure teff injera. Thank you so much for sharing this well- researched recipe! The problem is once you add anything besides water, teff and maybe yeast, it’s not authentic injera anymore. I have never attempted to make this with no teff at all, so I can only make a guess. You just tear off a piece and fold it over a mound of stew on your plate, pinch off a bite, and pop it into your mouth. Making injera at home in Los Angeles, you would probably use a pancake griddle, crepe maker, or non-stick frying pan. Great job, AJ!!! There are bunch of YouTube videos that claim recipes from 100% teff, and I don’t think they’re being honest, there’s self rising flour somewhere! Any tips or scientific explanations are appreciated! The batter will be a thin consistency, similar to batter for blintzes, but just a bit thicker. I understand those who regularly make injera keep a portion of the dough aside as starter. This video was a revelation. It is my understanding that it is the slow fermentation of the leet over several days that gives injera it’s sour taste, not the teff itself. Danielle, Thank you for your question. Thank you for all the detailed, the tips, and the voiceover on the reason certain things are done the way they are. Good luck and happy cooking! Creamy Ukranian Borscht In Your Instant Pot! My method of making injera isn’t the traditional method, but it allows you to make it on a moment’s notice without the hassle of four days of fermentation. Injera wird traditionell aus Teff Mehl zubereitet. This injera included barley flour which gave it a taste just like what I've had in the Ethiopian restaurants in NC. Blend on low to combine. I’m so glad you were successful in making my injera recipe. I haven’t made Ethiopian food since beginning the quarantine two months ago. I do have an active sourdough. Or did you feed it just before making your injera? I have no idea what the issue is. Thanks for your delightful feedback. I recommend starting with 36 hours (that is, a day and a half ahead of cooking the injera) and working up if you'd like it to be more sour. However, it's not necessary to have starter to make great injera, as long as you give the batter adequate time to ferment. I cooled them on wax paper on a cookie rack before stacking on a plate. Teff flour resembles cocoa powder, and the batter it produces looks just like melted chocolate ice cream. Below are the equipment and products I used in this recipe. The fermentation process is triggered by adding ersho, a clear, yellow liquid that accumulates on the surface of fermenting teff flour batter and is collected from previous fermentations. Good luck! While traditionally injera is made only from teff flour, importing it is expensive, so it’s not uncommon for injera makers in North America to use a blend of flours. sorghum flour, baking powder, yeast. You can find the starter recipe and more on the recipe page, or you can just go to this link. Add salt and mix. Allow each piece to thaw, then carefully unfold. It certainly should not taste like all-purpose flour, though it will not taste as strong as 100% teff, as it is a blend. They usually opt for a blend of teff and self-rising flour and go through the long process of fermentation which is ideal. ጥሩ እንጀራ ለመጋገር ባለሙያ መሆን እና ተደጋጋሚ ሙከራዎችን ማድረግ ያስፈልጋል:: አልሆነልኝም ብሎ መተው አያስፈልግም ምክንያቱም አንዴ በደንብ ከቻላችሁበት በሙያችሁ ትደሰታላችሁ:: ሌላው መገንዘብ ያለባችሁ ጠንቅቆ ለማዘጋጀት ጥቂት ቀናትን እንደሚወስድ ነው:: (ከታች ይመልከቱ) እንጀራን ለማዘጋጀት በረድ ባለ ሙቀት ውስጥ የጤፉን ዱቄት በማቡካት እንዲብላላ ማድረግ፣ ልክ በሌላው አለምም እርሾን እንደሚጠቀሙት ማለት ነው:: መብላላቱ የተፈጥሮ እርሾ ይሰብስብልናል፣ ይህም ለምንጋግረው እንጀራ ለየት ያለ ኮምጣጣነት ጣዕም ያላብሰዋል:: የምንጋግረው እንጀራ እንደምንጠቀመው የዱቄት አይነት ወይ… I hope you enjoy making the injera. Injera is thin, prepared from teff flour, water and starter (a fluid collected from previously fermented mix) after successive fermentations [].The best acceptable (sensory) injera should be rich in eyes, softer, thin, rolable and sour taste due to the fermentation process []. Adding cornstarch gives the injera a more pillowy texture. I’m sure you’re sons are going to love your Ethiopian feast. Happy Cooking! As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This recipe is my version, which is quite comparable to the best injera I’ve eaten in Ethiopian restaurants. Some people freeze injera or buy it frozen, but I find that the quality of the injera suffers from freezing. If the sourdough isn’t the culprit, I can’t imagine what is. I am sure the batter will get even more sour, being left a few extra hours on the counter. With a jug pouring the injera dough 2.JPG 2,272 × 1,704; 1.44 MB. If you didn't read the post where I gave basic instructions, check that out first. Well, I’ve finally done it! The injera should also easily slide in the pan when shaken. I absolutely can’t do gluten. Add sourdough starter and blend to combine. Sadly, I’m not a scientist and have no insights into the chemistry of sourdough batters. Thanks. 4. I also do some Instant Pot Ethiopian recipes. It’s much easier to keep a sourdough starter that requires little maintenance. Your email address will not be published. Can I use sweet rice flour, cassava flour, or a blended gluten free floor in place of wheat flour? I was wondering if a ktichenaid could be used in place of a blender. Who cares as long as it works? I remember when I finally nailed that recipe, I was so excited. All those little holes? So, I experimented with the recipe & finally got something tasty. We love Ethiopian food, and since we’d rather not go to restaurants right now, this really was the crowning touch to the WFPB Ethiopian meal that I made. I’ve seen injera recipes using barley instead of wheat and I’ve seen injera made from a blend of barley and teff in Ethiopian markets. I’ve not tried it myself but I know it has been done. However, I find in the Ethiopian grocery stores that teff and barley are frequently used to make injera. Teff is characteristic of Ethiopian injera, and my understanding is that homestyle injera is usually made with 100% teff flour. It is then cooked like a crepe and turned into a flavorful, tangy bread to serve with your favorite Ethiopian food. Frankly, I don’t know if any of those flours will work. I don’t know about rye or buckwheat. I even refrigerated some of the batter and cooked it the next day which came out fine, still spongy and tasty. While the blender is still running, add baking powder and cornstarch. In a blender add 4 cups water and 1 cup teff flour. Use a spoon to loosely fill your measuring cup with flour. « Uri Buri's Green Remoulade for Grilled Fish (dairy). My husband just likes it thin and soft. Since either way you need to let the batter ferment, I recommend just letting wild yeast do its thing. Like sourdough starter for a European-style bread, the batter picks up and nurtures wild yeast from the air that help the batter rise. I have buckwheat, whole wheat and rye. Thank you for your question. It will be ready to bake when full of air bubbles and with a strong sour taste. As long as you have a sourdough starter going in the fridge, you can make injera whenever you want it, rather than waiting the three or four days for the leet to ferment. Thank you! I, too, love Ethiopian food and make it often. I’ve tried a whole lot of recipes and was just about to give up when I came across this your recipe, so thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! Living in South America and not having access to teff for many years, I've tried a few of those recipes. This will densely pack your cup, and you will have more flour than called for in the recipe. Die Konsistenz dieses säuerlichen Fladenbrots ist eher weich, vergleichbar mit unseren Pfannkuchen. I’m surprised that the wheat ferments differently from teff because I am able to achieve very sour sourdough bread using wheat. I didn’t realize this when I first made the video, but in experimenting, I’ve discovered that works well. With a jug pouring the injera dough 3.JPG 2,272 × 1,704; 1.3 MB. Then you'll release the injera by turning the skillet over a plate. Not sure if it can be called Injera bread, but it was quite tasty. Level off the cup with the back of a knife. It reminds me of the tangzhong method of adding cooked roux to yeast breads that comes from Japan (and is popular throughout Asia). I've also seen recipes that ferment the teff and the wheat in separate bowls, but I tried this and did not notice a difference. It should not be as sour as traditional injera, but it should be at least a little sour. Cut off time Tuesday 1:00 pm (Eastern time). Enjoy your shiro and miser wat. Like you said, it’s time consuming to get the “leet Irsho” right, and it’s not suitable for busy life, but once you get it right, you can pretty much keep it as long as you want! It is always much better when it is fresh. I also do have a large food processor. I usually feed my starter the night before so it is very active in the morning. How to Make Gluten-Free Injera at Home . Slide onto a clean cloth on a countertop or table. from First time my injera came out perfect and not gummy in the least bit. The trend here in the States is trying to make that 100% teff, since the Ethiopians who moved here since the early eighties are getting older and becoming health conscious. Still, it isn’t authentic, but it’s delicious! Phenomenal. In Ethiopia is the easiest thing to make because of the friendly temperature, humidity level, altitude, and the types of bacteria to the starter. For the injera: Whisk together the teff flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. I’m fully aware that this isn’t authentic injera, and it isn’t intended to be. If you are craving Ethiopian food and have some sourdough starter on hand, this is a bread you can create from start to finish in as little as 20 minutes. Now I’m making … I have tried making injera with just teff, and with teff and barley. 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