Injera is a flatbread and a spongy bread. It is made out of a cereal called Teff, which is a small grain quite nutrition found in Abyssinia, also known as Ethiopia. This meal is the traditional dish for Ethiopians. It’s very similar to crêpes but it’s thicker and this meal is eating at lunchtime or for dinner. It has a bubble texture and it has a sour flavor. The dish is eating with hands. It’s very good and it has a diversity of ingredients.
It is very typical and local for Ethiopians to feed one another with their hands. It symbolizes a gesture of love and friendship towards the person they decide to feed. You might wonder the way they do it. Basically, the person who wants to feed someone stripped off a small piece of Injera with her/his hand then wraps it with some ingredients such as meat, curry, and vegetables. Afterward, they put it into their friends’ mouth. The friend who receives the slice of bread on her/ his mouth should accept it.
The benefits of Teff are…
- Rich in fiber
- A great source of carbohydrates.
- It contains an excellent source of iron.
Quote: “Ethiopia always has a special place in my imagination and the prospect of visiting Ethiopia attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England, and America combined. I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African.” __ Nelson Mandela