Traditional Ethiopian Injira Bread Recipe - Vegetarian

Ethiopian Bread (Known As Injira)

Traditional Ethiopian Injira Bread Recipe - Vegetarian
Region / culture: Ethiopia | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 6 | Vegetarian diet


Ethiopian Bread (Known As Injira)
Ethiopian Bread (Known As Injira)

Ethiopian bread, also known as Injira, is a staple food in Ethiopian cuisine. It is a sourdough flatbread that is slightly spongy and has a unique tangy flavor. Injira is traditionally made with teff flour, but this recipe uses self-rising flour for a quicker and easier version.


Injira has been a part of Ethiopian cuisine for centuries. It is typically served with various stews and dishes, such as Doro Wat (spicy chicken stew) and Misir Wat (spicy lentil stew). The sourdough fermentation process gives Injira its distinct flavor and texture.


How to prepare

  1. The Ethiopians prepare a flavorful and spicy dish. It is ideal for serving to individuals who enjoy rich, buttery sauces and have a preference for spicy food.
  2. In a blender, combine water and flour. Blend on low speed and then switch to high speed. Gradually add soda water. Using a 4 oz (113 g) ladle, pour the mixture into a 400°F (204°C) electric fry pan. Pour the batter onto one side of the pan and quickly tilt the pan to spread it evenly. Cook until the edges curl.


  • Use teff flour instead of self-rising flour for a more traditional version.
  • Add spices such as cumin or coriander for extra flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure the water is warm but not too hot, as it can kill the yeast.

- Blend the batter well to ensure a smooth consistency.

- Use a non-stick electric fry pan for best results.

- Do not flip the bread while cooking, as it is meant to be cooked only on one side.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Ethiopian bread (Injira) with traditional Ethiopian stews and dishes, such as Doro Wat and Misir Wat.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making perfect Injira is to blend the batter well and cook it on one side only.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you cannot find self-rising flour, you can use a combination of all-purpose flour and baking powder.

Make Ahead Tips

You can make the batter ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Ethiopian bread (Injira) on a large platter with various stews and dishes arranged around it for a colorful and festive presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Injira pairs well with spicy and flavorful dishes, such as Ethiopian stews and curries.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover Ethiopian bread (Injira) in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Reheat in a microwave or on a hot pan before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Ethiopian bread (Injira) contains approximately 150 calories.


Each serving of Ethiopian bread (Injira) contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Ethiopian bread (Injira) contains minimal fat, with less than 1 gram per serving.


Each serving of Ethiopian bread (Injira) contains around 2 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Injira is a good source of iron and calcium, important minerals for overall health.


This recipe contains gluten from the self-rising flour.


Ethiopian bread (Injira) is a low-fat, low-calorie bread that is a good source of carbohydrates and minerals.


Ethiopian bread (Injira) is a delicious and versatile bread that is perfect for serving with a variety of dishes. With its tangy flavor and spongy texture, it is sure to be a hit at your next meal.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the excitement that washed over me when I first saw this recipe for Ethiopian Bread, known as Injira. It was a hot summer day, and I was visiting a friend who had recently traveled to Ethiopia and brought back some incredible recipes. As soon as I saw the unique ingredients and the detailed instructions for making Injira, I knew I had to give it a try.

My friend had learned how to make this traditional Ethiopian bread from a local woman she had met during her travels. The woman had graciously shared her knowledge and expertise, passing down generations of culinary wisdom. I was honored to have the opportunity to carry on this tradition and learn how to make Injira myself.

I carefully read through the recipe, taking note of the key ingredients: teff flour, water, and a pinch of salt. Teff flour is a gluten-free grain that is commonly used in Ethiopian cooking, known for its nutty flavor and nutritional benefits. The process of making Injira seemed simple enough, but I knew that the real challenge would be in getting the texture and consistency just right.

I gathered all of the ingredients and set to work, mixing the teff flour with water and salt to create a smooth batter. The recipe called for the batter to ferment for several days, allowing the flavors to develop and the batter to rise. As I covered the bowl and set it aside, I couldn't help but feel a sense of anticipation for the final result.

After three days of fermentation, I heated a skillet and poured a ladleful of the batter onto the hot surface. The batter sizzled and bubbled, forming a thin crepe-like bread that cooked quickly on one side. I carefully flipped the Injira over, marveling at the bubbly texture and earthy aroma that filled the kitchen.

As I continued to make more Injira, I found myself getting into a rhythm, flipping the bread with ease and enjoying the process of creating something so unique and special. The recipe had come to life in my hands, and I felt a deep connection to the traditions and customs of Ethiopian cuisine.

After I had cooked a stack of Injira, I set them aside to cool before serving them alongside a traditional Ethiopian stew. The bread served as the perfect accompaniment to the rich flavors of the stew, soaking up the juices and adding a delicious texture to each bite.

As I sat down to enjoy the meal, I couldn't help but feel a sense of pride and satisfaction in what I had accomplished. The recipe for Injira had taught me not only how to make a delicious bread but also how to appreciate the cultural significance of a dish that had been passed down through generations.

In the days and weeks that followed, I continued to make Injira, experimenting with different flavors and techniques to perfect my recipe. Each time I made the bread, I felt a sense of connection to the woman who had shared her knowledge with my friend, and ultimately with me.

As I shared the recipe for Injira with friends and family, I found that it brought us together in a way that only food can. The bread became a symbol of tradition and heritage, a reminder of the importance of preserving and celebrating the culinary customs of different cultures.

In the end, the recipe for Injira had become more than just a dish to me. It was a reminder of the power of food to bring people together, to create connections and memories that would last a lifetime. And for that, I will always be grateful to the woman who shared her knowledge with me and allowed me to carry on this beautiful tradition.


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