Cook's Hideout: Injera (Ethiopian Sourdough Crepes)

August 09, 2011

Injera (Ethiopian Sourdough Crepes)

This is a foolproof recipe for Injera that I found on one of the forums at Fresh Loaf website. I forgot to write down the name of the person who gave the recipe on the forum, but it really works. I have read that many people had trouble making injeras, with stinky batters, crepes sticking to the pan etc. But using sourdough starter and steaming the crepe before flipping them made “the best” Injera I’ve ever eaten (to be honest I ate them only once in my life in, Mesob, an Ethiopian restaurant in NJ). This is another great way to use some of the Sourdough starter.


Sourdough Starter (100% hydration)– ½ cup
Teff flour – 2 cups
Water – 2 cups
Salt – ½ tsp (I used kosher salt)

  • Night before you want to make Injera: Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl; loosely cover with a plastic wrap or kitchen towel and set aside at room temperature for 12-24 hours (I made Injera for dinner the next day, so the batter sat for almost 20-22 hours). 
  • When ready to make the crepes: Preheat a 10” nonstick skillet on medium heat. Mix the batter thoroughly. 
  • Use cooking spray to lightly grease the pan; pour about 1/3 – ½ cup of batter into pan; immediately twirl the pan to evenly distribute the batter. Let cook for 1-2 minutes until bubbles rise to the surface; COVER the pan with a lid and let the crepe steam for 2-3 minutes. 
  • At this stage, the injera should be completely cooked on the underside; the top should be set and firm and should be pulling away from the sides. Cooking the other side is optional; I cooked the second side for about 30 seconds.
  • Remove and stack on cloth towel. Enjoy with your favorite Ethiopian side dishes like this Ethiopian Wat.
A Pictorial of Injera Making:





Sending these over to Priya & Aipi's "Bookmarked Recipes Every Tuesday" weekly event.


  1. The injera looks perfect. I love this bread, and now you've inspired me to try my hand at it.

  2. That looks awesome, Pavani- I've tried making injera once with no success. Yours looks so "proper" and authentic.

  3. Ohh, you made it at home! I never tasted injera but use to see it a lot in the Indian store I use to shop at in Philadelphia. This store was located near U Penn and Drexel Univ. It was a diverse neighbor due to proximity of both the universities and even the Indian store use to carry inera.

    Injera looks perfect, exactly as I remember seeing it in the store.

  4. thatnx for the drop in Pavani....injera looks yummy enough for me to try it!...will do too soon!

  5. Nice n delicious ....looks nice

  6. Delicious!! Love injera!!

  7. Delicious , definitely new to me ~ thanks for the recipe :)

  8. I like Ethiopian food, but have never tried it at home. Will try it sometime.


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