Teff Porridge – All Hail The Mighty Grain

Breakfast

Step aside Quinoa, take a seat Kale, Teff is about to steal the spotlight …

Whenever I think of Ethiopia, Injera is often what springs to mind. But without teff – the super-nutritious, mildly nutty Ethiopian grain – there would be no injera.

Teff is a wholegrain the size of a tiny poppy seed that has been harvested in the horn of Africa for centuries. Traditionally it is ground into flour to make Injera an Eritrean and Ethiopian food staple. Packed full of essential nutrients this delicious alternative to wheat is a powerhouse not to be messed with. In fact, with such high levels of protein, iron, and calcium, Teff is Africa’s very own super-grain.

 

 

Step aside Quinoa, take a seat Kale, Teff is about to steal the spotlight. Catapulted to international and celebrity stardom, this super-grain has even received cheers from the gluten-free crowd. With its great taste and versatility who could blame them? Popping up in health food shops and supermarket chains across the UK it’s easy to see why this is becoming our new super food crush.

Before it’s recent boom Teff was most familiar to me in the form of Injera. However it can take 5 days to prepare and for an impatient, time poor, hungry hippo like me, Teff porridge is the most painless road to satisfaction.

 

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Teff Porridge

Prep time: 3 mins.   Cook time: 25 mins.    Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup teff grain
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups almond milk (or any plant milk of your choice)
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
  • 1 whole vanilla pod, spilt ( or 1 tsp natural vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, add water and bring to boil. Add teff grain, stir and reduce heat to medium- low. Simmer for 10 minutes. The mixture will absorb most of the water and become thick. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking.
  2. Add milk, whole split vanilla pod, nutmeg and sugar, and stir. Bring to boil then reduce heat to medium – low and cook for a further 15 minutes stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes too thick for your desired add more milk.
  3. Taste and add more sugar if required.
  4. Remove vanilla pod and serve. Alternatively, allow to cool slightly and add to blender to produce a smoother consistency.