Injera

Injera

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Enjoy the best of Ethopian delicacies

  • Recipe serves:10
  • Preparation time10 min
  • Cooking time35 min

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups ground teff (180 g)
  • 2 cups water
  • salt, to taste
  • vegetable oil, for the skillet

Method

  • 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; This may take as long as 3 days, although I had success with an overnight fermentation; The fermenting mixture should be the consistency of a very thin pancake batter.
  • Stir in the salt, a little at a time, until you can barely detect its taste.
  • Lightly oil an 8 or 9 inch skillet (or a larger one if you like); Heat over medium heat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • > Remove and let cool.
  • Place plastic wrap or foil between successive pieces so they don't stick together.
  • To serve, lay one injera on a plate and ladle your chosen dishes on top (e.g., a lovely doro wat or alicha).
  • Serve additional injera on the side.
  • Guests can be instructed to eat their meal without utensils, instead using the injera to scoop up their food.
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