Only recently, Injera, a flat spongy bread made of fermented teff flour, has become a global sensation, and it has been praised by celebrities and health food aficionados alike, as a gluten-free and super food with added nutritional values. For generations, Injera has been a staple food in Ethiopia, and it is made of teff (very tiny grain) that has been ground into flour. Teff has been part of Ethiopian staple food for thousands of years, dating back to around 3000BC.

Injera:

Despite its sudden rise to the forefront of the global health food stage only recently, you find injera made of teff in every restaurant in Ethiopia, and in every Ethiopian household, every day.

Besides being an addition to the healthy food stock like quinoa and millet, teff from which injera is made, has a multitude of benefits that appeal to anyone. Here are some of the benefits of injera and foods made of teff.

Gluten-free:

Teff is an excellent choice for gluten intolerants or those suffering from celiac disease. On the top of that, there are no known allergies to teff.

High Nutritious Value and Low Saturated Fat:

Even though the grain of teff is so tiny, it can put up a good fight with bigger grains. For example, it has got 50% more protein, five times more fiber, and 25 times more calcium than brown rice. Furthermore, the fat content of teff is very low, and the nutrition value is very impressive. To put into perspective, a ¼-cup serving of the flour contains 113 calories and only 1g fat.

Injera

A Roll of Injera made from black teff on a white plate

Promotes Growth and Healthy Bones:

Teff has 8 different amino acids that can be easily broken down by our body so that our body creates new cells and repair the old ones. Due to its wide variety of minerals and its remarkable calcium contents, teff also benefits our body by contributing to our solid bone mineral density. Ultimately, it contributes to the growth and development our body, making it very necessary not just for those who strictly eat healthy foods but also to anyone.

Low in Sodium:

Since the sodium content of teff is low it helps the body not to clog up the arteries, thereby reducing blood pressures. This essentially reduces the chance of having heart-related strokes.

Sugar Management:

Teff can better manage the level of insulin that is released into the bloodstream, thereby helping diabetics prevent dangerous spikes. Additionally, teff is high in resistant starch, a newly discovered type of dietary fiber that can benefit our body through blood sugar management, weight control, and colon health

And finally, a fun question: how tiny is teff really?

Well, it is smaller than kuskus and can fall through a sifter. And it is the smallest grain in the world.

See in action below:

Food Skills | Injera

Forget the 🍽 . Ethiopian Injera is a flat, spongy bread used to pick up spicy stews and vegetables.

Geplaatst door First We Feast op woensdag 18 oktober 2017

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