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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Rye Spelt Injera


Over the last few years, I have started incorporating more of buckwheat, rye and spelt flours in my recipes.

Pizza, injera, and even some earthy breads seemed to turn out fine. The trick was to experiment and find the right balance with all purpose flour and gluten when using spelt or rye or buckwheat flours. Many of my breads and naans with spelt and rye flours turned out a disaster - dense and stiff like cardboard.

Spelt especially can be difficult to work with as it doesn't have as much gluten as whole wheat, so, it won't rise as much and tends to stay dense, but tastes pretty good. And precisely for this reason of low gluten it is preferred by many who have gluten-intolerance.

Even now, I can't say I have any sure-fire way of success... am still experimenting and documenting all the successful ones here :)

A while back, Sig sent me some starter which I have been feeding and using in a few other recipes. This injera recipe is one of them. I started the fermentation on a Sunday night and the batter was ready for dinner following Wednesday.

If starter is not handy, I am sure my usual recipe with rapid rise yeast would work just fine.

The only main difference I found between rye-spelt injera and all-purpose flour injera is that I had to make these a little thicker than normal else they fell apart easily. Plus they had a more wholesome earthy flavor than the all-purpose injeras.

This time, I served the injera with some steamed spinach (with spices similar to y'abesah gomen), a mushroom and bell pepper curry, and some kohlrabi dal ... not quite the traditional Ethiopian sides, but, I had them handy and it made a sumptuous weeknight meal.

1 cup yeast starter
1 cup rye flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2 cups water (plus more as needed)
½ cup spelt flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
salt to taste

  1. Mix the starter, rye, spelt, all purpose flour with the water, stir well, cover and allow to rise in a warm place for about 2-3 days, stirring once each day
  2. I usually mix them in a ceramic bowl, heat the oven to about 175°F, turn it off and leave the bowl in there to start the fermenting process
  3. When batter is well fermented, it will acquire a pleasant sour odor and be a little gooey with sort of latex paint consistency, and when stirred, gets quite bubbly
  4. When ready to make the injeras, add the baking powder, salt, stir well, add water as needed to make a thin crepe-like batter
  5. Heat a pan, brush or spray with oil as needed, ladle some batter and swirl it around to form a thin layer; bubbles/holes will form at the top surface and as it gets cooked the batter will set and no longer look wet; can remove from pan at this time - no need to flip and cook the second side


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  • At 4:09 PM, Blogger Sushil said…

    Hii, First time in ur blog and loved the recipe of Injera. I love this dish but didn know how to make. Thanks for the receipe. I have a question wat is spelt flour.


  • At 6:57 PM, Blogger KreativeMix said…

    thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes............ can't wait to try them out. and those pictures.............the only word is "yum"

  • At 7:06 PM, Blogger Sheela said…

    thanks, Sushil/Athika and Kreativemix...

    Ummm... spelt... I don't know it by any other name - spelt flour is made from spelt seeds that look like wheat and are related to wheat...

    I get it at local Natural and Whole Foods stores here... well, that may not answer your question or help you much - but, if I find out an Indian name for it, I will try to add a note to my recipe.

  • At 8:35 PM, Blogger Latha Narasimhan said…

    Never heard of this dish before! Sounds simple though! I get to see so many new things here! nice! :)

  • At 6:54 AM, Blogger Swaroopa said…

    looks gr8....thanx 4 sharing...nice way to add more grains apar from wheat flour...

  • At 8:12 AM, Blogger W W said…

    Some good looking injera dish. Yummy!
    I used rye flour with sorghum flour and loved it. Never used spelt flour. Just used the whole grain flour. I like to give it a try.


  • At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    whts the name of Rye in hindi or marathi?i dont know wht is it

  • At 8:00 PM, Blogger shante said…

    I love injra it's my favorite dish. my dad loves eating all different dishes that comes from different places. All i have to say for the people who haven't tried it, is try it you wont be disappointed it's great.

  • At 11:28 AM, Anonymous aydrid said…

    Nice Recipes, i hv try to makeInjera Pan Food Recipes also in my site, thanks for sharing ;)

  • At 3:15 AM, Blogger Lori said…

    You have 'starter' listed in your ingredients and I am wondering what you use for your starter.

  • At 9:05 AM, Blogger Sheela said…

    Lori: Recipe for starter used here can be found at: Amish Friendship Bread Starter at All Recipes"

  • At 12:16 AM, Blogger Ayshwarya Singh said…

    This was good but need some more information about your recipe like details of recipe, how you can prepare it,what is the benefit of eating your creation. so please share more information i am waiting for your next post with food delivery restaurant


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