Mastering the Art of Traditional Ethiopian Injera: A Step-by-Step Guide

Welcome to a culinary adventure like no other! As a passionate food blogger and seasoned chef, I’m thrilled to take you on a journey to explore the world of Traditional Ethiopian Injera. This iconic flatbread isn’t just a staple; it’s a cultural symbol that embodies the essence of Ethiopian cuisine. Get ready to dive into the secrets of creating perfect injera that’s bound to impress and delight.

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Congratulations, you've unlocked the secret to crafting the perfect Traditional Ethiopian Injera! This ancient flatbread isn't just a culinary delight; it's a connection to Ethiopian culture and heritage. Whether you're enjoying it with friends and family or savoring it with traditional stews, remember that every bite carries a taste of Ethiopia's rich history and flavors.
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Africa
Servings 4 servings
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1 bowl
  • 1 pan
  • 1 stove


  • Cups  Teff Flour
  • 2½  Cups  Water
  • ½  Tsp  Salt
  • Tsp  Yeast


  • Place water, teff flour and yeast in a bowl and mix thoroughly with a whisk, so there are no lumps. 
  • Cover with a clean kitchen towel.
  • Let sit at room temperature for one full day. 
  • Small air bubbles should have developed at this point.
  • Add salt and whisk the mixture again to recombine the water and flour mixture.
  • Heat a pan on medium heat and add a little vegetable oil.
  • Pour about ¼ cup of batter onto pan and then spread out into a thin crepe like pancake.
  •  Cook as you would a pancake but only on side, do not flip.
  • Remove from pan and set aside on a platter or plate to cool.
  • Repeat until all the batter is used up.
  • Serve with your favorite sauce or try one of ours.



Injera is best served with traditional Ethiopian vegetable, legume or meat sauces. One good vegetarian option would be to serve it with our Ethiopian Lentil Stew. For a real taste of Ethiopia, try it with either our Ethiopian Siga Wat or Ethiopian Doro Wat, both are spicy traditional meat sauces and they compliment the Injera very well. 
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Nutritional ingredients of Ethiopian Injera

Whose injera is it anyway? – The Mail & Guardian

  • Teff Flour: Teff is naturally gluten-free and provides a rich array of nutrients, including carbohydrates, dietary fiber, protein, and a range of vitamins and minerals.
  • Protein: Teff contains a good amount of protein, making injera a suitable option for those seeking plant-based protein sources.
  • Dietary Fiber: Teff is high in dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, helps maintain blood sugar levels, and promotes a feeling of fullness.
  • Vitamins: Injera offers a spectrum of vitamins, including B vitamins such as thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), and niacin (B3), which play essential roles in energy metabolism.
  • Minerals: Teff is a notable source of minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium. Iron is important for oxygen transport, calcium supports bone health, and magnesium contributes to various bodily functions.
  • Low Fat Content: Injera is naturally low in fat, making it a balanced addition to meals.
  • Sourdough Fermentation: The fermentation process in making injera enhances its nutritional profile by breaking down antinutrients, making certain nutrients more bioavailable.

Recipe Notes

Quick Injera Recipe | Ethiopian Flatbread | Cook's Hideout

  • Teff Flour Variety: Traditional injera is made from 100% teff flour, but you can experiment with different ratios for taste and texture variations.
  • Fermentation Time: The longer the batter ferments, the tangier the injera’s flavor becomes. Adjust the fermentation time based on your preference.
  • Sour Starter: Some recipes call for using a sourdough starter or a small amount of previously fermented batter to kickstart the fermentation process.
  • Batter Consistency: The batter should be similar to pancake batter, neither too thick nor too thin. Adjust with water if needed for optimal pouring consistency.
  • Rest Before Cooking: Allow the batter to rest for at least 30 minutes after mixing. This helps the teff flour absorb moisture and develop flavor.
  • Hot Non-Stick Skillet: Preheat the skillet well before cooking each injera. A properly heated skillet prevents sticking and ensures even cooking.
  • Pouring Technique: Pour the batter in a circular motion from the center of the skillet to the edges. This encourages the formation of characteristic bubbles.
  • Lid Usage: Covering the skillet with a lid while cooking injera helps trap steam, aiding the formation of bubbles and ensuring even cooking.
  • Cooling and Stacking: After cooking, allow injera to cool slightly before stacking to prevent excessive moisture buildup and sogginess.
  • Reheating: To reheat injera, use a slightly damp cloth to wrap and steam it for a few minutes. Alternatively, warm it in the microwave with a damp paper towel.

Serving Suggestions

Quick Injera Recipe | Ethiopian Flatbread | Cook's Hideout

  • Injera Platter: Create an injera platter by placing a large piece of injera on a serving plate. Arrange a variety of Ethiopian stews, known as “wats,” on top. Tear off pieces of injera and use them to scoop up the stews.
  • Dine Family-Style: Lay a larger piece of injera on a communal platter and arrange different wats around it. Invite friends and family to gather around and share in the joy of tearing off injera and indulging in the flavorful stews.
  • Injera Wrap: Fill pieces of injera with your choice of wats and roll them up like a wrap. This handheld delight is perfect for a quick and satisfying meal on the go.
  • Injera Pizza: Spread a layer of hummus or lentil dip on injera and top it with diced vegetables, herbs, and crumbled feta. Cut it into wedges for an Ethiopian-inspired “pizza.”
  • Injera Samplers: Prepare an array of injera pieces with a selection of wats and accompanying condiments. This offers guests the chance to try various flavors in one sitting.
  • Injera Salad: Tear pieces of injera into bite-sized chunks and toss them with fresh vegetables, herbs, and a zesty vinaigrette. The injera adds a unique crunch to your salad.
  • Injera Tacos: Fill pieces of injera with grilled vegetables, spiced beans, and avocado slices. Fold them into tacos for a fusion of Ethiopian and Mexican flavors.
  • Injera Breakfast: Start your day with a twist by using injera as a base for scrambled eggs, sautéed greens, and a dollop of yogurt. It’s a hearty and satisfying breakfast option.
  • Injera Sides: Serve smaller pieces of injera alongside dishes like hummus, tzatziki, or baba ganoush. Use the injera to scoop up these delicious dips.
  • Dessert Injera: For a sweet treat, top pieces of injera with honey, chopped nuts, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s a creative way to end your injera-themed meal.

Our adventure through Traditional Ethiopian Injera comes to a close. This iconic flatbread offers a taste of Ethiopia’s culture and flavors. Get ready to enjoy the tradition, share the joy, and create memories. Stay tuned for more culinary journeys, and let injera be your gateway to embracing diverse cuisines and cultures.

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