Quick Injera AKA Lahoh

ethiopian injera with vegan side dishes

Here we use yeast for breads you can make in minutes rather than days.

If you can,  buy a sourdough starter. Or make your own. It’ll only take you three days! Put a cupful of flour in a bowl with a cup and half of tepid water and half a teaspoon of instant dry yeast. Mix well and leave, covered but not sealed, for three days. Initially there’ll be lots of frothy activity – eventually the mixture settles and a brownish liquid form on top. Ready.

The throusand hole crepe is in fact popular throughout North Africa. Continue reading “Quick Injera AKA Lahoh”

Instant Injera

Ethiopian Injera on a skillet

I’ve deliberately left out the dish’s nationality as I don’t know how an Ethiopian cook would react to the suggestion of making a non-sour-dough version of their ancestral dish. Indian cooks give this treatment to some of their traditionally fermented dishes like Dosa or Dhokla without a blink. Granted, we’re not in India, but it is quick. And tasty. Continue reading “Instant Injera”

Teff Injera: naturally fermented sourdough bread

fermented ethiopian injera bread with 3 condiments

It’s hard to describe the flavour of Injera. It is sour, but that wouldn’t begin to describe the unique complexity of this, one of the world’s great breads.

Made from Teff, a non-gluten, high-protein grain native to Ethiopia  and Eritrea traditional Injera ferments for 3-5 days and nights, to become a probiotic wonder bursting with goodness as well as flavour. Sounds long winded? Just remember you’ve delegated the task of creating sourdough to lactic-acid bacteria while you get on with other things.

And if you can’t get hold of Teff I’ve eaten great “njera” made from buckwheat and millet, both also gluten-free.  You can  even use wheat! A step too far? Not at all. Officially you’d be eating another bread popular to the region, lahoh. But what’s in a name?

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Injera: Ethiopia’s Thousand-Hole Pancake With Vegan Accompaniments

making injera

Britain is still gripped in a suffocating heatwave. Here is Spain tempratures are higher  but in Trujillo you wouldn’t think so – the air is dry so you barely sweat – you do, but it evaporates to keep you cool, the slightest breaze, though hot,  feels refreshing, and night-time temperatures are 25C degrees lower than by day! Locals are calling this a cool summer, though 40C is forcast for next week when summer proper is due to arrive. Can’t wait…

I love fermenting grains in the hot weather and two of my many number-one favourites are Ethiopian teff Injera and Ghanaian maize Kenkey.  The Injera battter prepared, I now need to wait 3-4 days (5 in the winter) for it to ferment.  Once accomplished  I’ll let you in on the secret. And as usual I’ll suggest alternative grains and how to cheat for instant results. Continue reading “Injera: Ethiopia’s Thousand-Hole Pancake With Vegan Accompaniments”