Is Injera Gluten Free?
If you are new to the gluten free lifestyle and looking for some Ethiopian/Eritrea recipes to try, you may be wondering about injera. Is it gluten free? What is it made of?
In this blog post, we will answer all of your questions about injera and give you a gluten free recipe to try!
What Is Injera?
Injera is a sour, spongy bread that’s enjoyed by Ethiopians every day. The Teff flour and water mixture are all you need to make this bread!
Eaten all over the country but particularly in Amharic-speaking areas because this language has many loanwords from Arabic which influences their cuisine greatly (e.g, cooking methods).
The traditional way to make injeras requires advance planning though; you’ll need some time on your hands if you plan ahead to make these!
Is Injera Gluten Free?
This bread is made with teff flour, which is a naturally gluten free grain. So, Yes, injera is gluten free! If you are celiac or have a gluten intolerance, you can enjoy this delicious bread without worry.
What Can I Eat Injera With?
Injera is most commonly eaten with stews and vegetables. It can also be eaten with meat dishes, but this is less common.
If you are looking for a gluten free bread to enjoy with your meals, injera is a great option!
Is All Injera Gluten Free?
No, not all injera is gluten free. If it is made with wheat flour or another type of flour that contains gluten, then it will not be safe for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
Be sure to check the ingredients list before purchasing or consuming injera to ensure that it is indeed gluten free.
Dishes to Serve With Injera?
There are many delicious dishes that can be served with injera. Some of our favorites include Doro wat (chicken stew), misir wat (red lentil stew), and atakilt wat (cabbage, carrot, and potato stew).
No matter what you choose to serve with your injera, we are sure you will enjoy this delicious and gluten free bread!
What Is Teff Flour?
Teff flour is a type of flour made from the grain teff. This grain is native to Ethiopia and Eritrea and has been used in traditional recipes for centuries.
Teff flour is high in protein and fiber and has a nutty flavor that pairs well with savory dishes.
Is Injera Dairy Free?
Yes, injera is dairy-free. This bread is made with water and teff flour, so it does not contain any dairy products. If you are looking for a dairy-free bread option, injera is a great choice!
Is Ethiopian Food Gluten Free?
Ethiopian food can be gluten free, but it depends on the dish. If a dish is made with injera, then it will be gluten free.
However, if a dish is made with wheat flour or another type of flour that contains gluten, then it will not be safe for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
How to Make Gluten Free Injera?
- Teff flour
- Salt (optional)
In a large mixing basin, combine the teff flour and water. The ratio of flour to water should be about equal parts (e.g., if you use one cup of flour, use one cup of water).
If you are using salt, add it in now. Mix until the ingredients are fully combined and there are no lumps.
Cover the bowl with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 24 hours.
This time is necessary for the fermentation process to occur. After 24 hours, your injera batter should be bubbly and have a slightly sour smell.
Now it’s time to cook the injera! Put a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat. When it’s hot, add a ladleful of batter to the skillet and spread it out into a thin circle.
Cook for one minute, or until the injera is slightly firm and cooked through. Remove the cooked Injera from the heat and repeat with the remaining batter.
Serve immediately with your favorite stews and vegetables. Enjoy!
So there you have it, everything you need to know about injera! This delicious, gluten-free bread is perfect for enjoying your favorite meals.
Give our recipe a try and let us know how it turns out in the comments below! From all of us at GlutenFreeYum Blog, happy cooking!