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Injera - Ethiopian Flatbread


In response to Beverly Brandt's request, this is a recipe for Injera -
the Ethiopian flatbread that is so-o-o wonderful.

I haven't tried it yet but hope to very soon.

(Injera) Ethiopian Flat Bread
15-20 12-inch Injera

In a large bowl, mix:

3 cups self-rising flour (750 ml)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour (125 ml)
1/2 cup teff flour (from African grocery or health food store)
1/2 cup cornmeal or masa harina (125 ml)
1 T active dry yeast (one package) (15 ml)
3 1/2 cups warm water (875 ml)

Let set in large bowl, covered, an hour or longer, until batter rises
and becomes stretchy.  It can sit as long as 3-6 hours.  

When ready, stir batter if liquid has settled on bottom. Whip in
blender, 2 cups of batter at a time, thinning it with 1/2 - 3/4 cup
water.  Batter will be quite thin.

Cook in non-stick frypan WITHOUT OIL over medium or medium-high heat. 
Use 1/2 cup batter per injera for a 12-inch pan or 1/3 cup batter for a
10-inch pan.  Pour batter in heated pan and quickly swirl pan to spread
batter as thin as possible.  

Batter should be no thicker than 1/8-inch.  Do not turn over.  Injera
does not easily stick or burn.  It is cooked through when bubbles appear
all over the top.  

Finished injera will be thicker than a crepe, but thinner than a

Lay each injera on a clean towel for a minute or two, then stack in
covered dish to keep warm.

To serve, overlap a few injera on a platter and place stews on top (
most kinds of spicy bean or veggie stews/curries would be great with
this. For Ethiopian food, the spicier the better).  

Or lay one injera on each dinner plate, and ladle stew servings on top.
Give each person three or more injera, rolled up or folded in quarters,
to use for scooping up the stews.

If you make 15 12-inch injeras, each would be about 120 calories, 3%

Let me know how it goes!

Sandy Laken