Friday, June 02, 2006

Easy-ish Injera

With our update, we received a little bit of information about I.'s favorite foods. She likes bread and cookies best, so she'll fit in quite well here!
She also likes orange, mango and papaya juice, and, like many of the children, Injera and W'ot. The latter is a lentil stew, and I won't share the recipe here - it has about twenty million ingredients, even after the spiced clarified butter, and was way too complicated for picky preschooler tastebuds!
So that won't suit Five-Ingredient Friday.
Neither will the traditional recipe for Injera, with teff flour, but this alternative is the one we tried last week:
  • 4 c Self-rising flour
  • 1 c Whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 c Club soda
  • Combine flours and baking powder in a bowl. Add club soda plus about 4 cups water. This part was fun for my preschooler, who had never heard of such a thing as making dinner with soda.

    Mix into a smooth, fairly thin batter. Heat a large, non-stick skillet. When the skillet is heated, pour a scoop of batter quickly onto the pan - be sure to cover the bottom of the pan.

    When the moisture has evaporated and small holes appear on the surface - as with pancakes - remove the injera.

    Wiping the pan with a paper towel dipped in oil between each prevents sticking and excessive browning - but don't get burned!

    Serve w'ot and cottage cheese on injera, if desired - no forks needed.

    The first three I made were very ugly, but the others looked better and tasted great. So don't give up hope after initial failed efforts.


    Overwhelmed! said...

    Oooh, I'm going to have to try this! I love bread!

    Thanks for participating in this week's Five Ingredient Friday! :)

    lola said...

    So- I tried the recipe today- Sort of funny- trying to make it for one. I cut the recipe in 1/4. But I still bought the 5lb bags of flour. I think I made it right- it tastes ok, and isn't really like a pancake (though close- at least mine was)- do you have any photos of yours?- then I can see if I totally messed it up.

    abebech said...

    Mine were kind of ugly :)
    The only pancake like thing is the bubbly around the edges. Should be much, much thinner. If it tasted pretty good, you did great!