Injera (Ethiopian Flatbread)

Fermentation gives injera an airy, bubbly texture and a slightly sour taste, which is key to the flavor. Serve with Ethiopian messer wot, doro alicha, gomen and/or fossolia.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
3 days 1 hr
Total Time:
3 days 1 hr 35 mins
12 injera


  • 2 cups teff flour

  • 1 cup barley flour

  • 1 cup corn flour

  • 1 cup self-rising flour

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

  • 6 cups lukewarm water


  1. Combine teff flour, barley flour, corn flour, self-rising flour and yeast in a large bowl. Slowly add water and whisk until no lumps remain. The consistency should be thinner than bread dough but thicker than crêpe batter. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 3 days.

  2. Pour off the water that's risen to the top of the batter and reserve. Whisk the batter until smooth. If necessary, add the reserved water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the batter is thin and pourable, like a slightly thicker crêpe batter. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

  3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Pour 1/2 cup batter into the pan, tilting and swirling to create a thin layer. The batter should spread easily. (If it's too thick, whisk in 1 tablespoon of the reserved water--do not add tap water.)

  4. When small holes start to form in the batter, cover the pan and cook until the edges are dry and lifting up, about 45 seconds. Run a spatula underneath and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining batter. (If the injera starts to stick, brush the pan with 2 teaspoons canola oil.) Do not stack the injera until completely cooled. Serve immediately or wrap in plastic until ready to serve.


To make ahead: Injera will keep for up to 2 days at room temperature or refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

216 Calories
2g Fat
44g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1 injera
Calories 216
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 7g 13%
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Vitamin A 21IU 0%
Folate 43mcg 11%
Sodium 132mg 6%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Magnesium 24mg 6%
Potassium 86mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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