What Is Injera?

To me injera looks like a flannel, has the texture of stomach lining and tastes like a cold, acidic pancake! But don’t let me put you off, this Ethiopian staple is packed full of goodness and is a must try for anyone visiting Ethiopia.

In 2019 I toured the fascinating country of Ethiopia. This is a country rich in history and seeping in culture. I can strongly recommend putting Ethiopia on your Africa bucket list.

If you love coffee, you’ll love Ethiopia but it’s not necessarily one for the foodies. At least not this foodie and that’s mostly because of my dislike for injera!

For a complete to visiting Ethiopia take a look at this post!

So What Is Injera?

Injera is a common food eaten in Ethiopia. It’s the Ethiopian’s answer to bread.

It’s typically made from teff seeds which are ground into flour, then left to ferment with water and yeast for 2-3 days. It is then cooked on a hot plate much like you’d cook a giant pancake and served cold alongside meat, fish, stews or more injera.

To eat it simply break a piece off and scoop up the sauce, but don’t forget, use your right hand only!

What Makes Injera Healthy?

Teff is gluten free, low in calories and packed full of iron, protein and dietary fibre. It’s also really filling so you never finish a meal still feeling hungry. More injera anyone?

Want more information? Here’s an in depth article that was recently shared with me. I’ll be posting more articles on Ethiopia soon but until then check out some photos of Northern Ethiopia here!

A typical vegetarian tasting dish on a base of injera

Are you interested in visiting other countries in North Africa? Check out my guide to visiting the fascinating country of Sudan.

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Louise is a Mountain Leader and Snowboard Instructor from South Wales. As a former Adventure Tour Leader she has spent the last 15 years travelling Asia, Africa and the Americas. Louise is a published photographer and is currently based in the UK.

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