Teff has been the staple grain of Ethiopian cooking for thousands of years but is relatively unknown to the rest of the world except through the sourdoughed teff flour flat bread called “injera” that is served in every Ethiopian restaurant. But it is available in larger grocers and in health food stores from brands such as Bob’s Red Mill. And its obscurity certainly doesn’t hide its unique qualities. So very tiny that its name actually translates as “lost”, it has a rich brown color and a much more robust earthy and nutty flavor than any other grain. And it’s a nutritional gluten-free powerhouse of protein, calcium, iron and fiber.
Teff has a thick, chewy and gritty polenta-like consistency when cooked up and makes for a distinctive — and healthy — breakfast porridge. But on the dinner table, its robust flavor makes it less a platform for seasonings and vegetables than other grains and more of the starring flavor. So teff is a perfect vehicle for making savory cakes like the kind I like so much. Combined with Ethiopian spices, chilies, sun-dried tomatoes and a raw cashew paste, this thick cooked grain molds into burger-size patties that can be baked or fried for a bold tasting side dish that might just turn out instead to hog the spotlight on your dinner table.
|Spiced Teff Cakes with Sun-Dried Tomatoes|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner
Published on October 3, 2015
Hearty spiced savory cakes made with Ethiopian teff and berbere spice — serve baked or fried for a unique, nourishing and robust flavored dinner side
Makes 10 2-inch cakes
Other patties and burgers to enjoy from Lisa’s Vegetarian Kitchen:
Potato Patties Stuffed with Spiced Green Peas (Aloo Matar Tikki)
Sweet Potato and Chickpea Patties with Avocado and Tomato Salsa
Chickpea Patties Smothered in Vegetable Gravy
Nigerian Black-Eyed Pea Patties with Pilipili Sauce
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