The tiny teff grain is packed with goodness and health. Indigenous to Ethiopia and other Northern African countries, teff grain is one variety of grain seed. With the passing time it has now become popular in the US and certain European countries. For anyone on a health kick, teff grain is a must-have in the pantry.
Top 5 Benefits Of Teff Grain:
1. Natural Nutrition:
Teff grains have nutrients and minerals ranging from iron and calcium to Vitamin C. It also has high fiber content.
While the unfermented version of teff seeds has a slightly sweet taste, the grain itself is low in sugar content.
As the grain has a low fat content, it helps the person who is on a diet or anyone who wants to eat healthier.
This grain is low in gluten. When used for baking, the resultant product is different in texture from the average baked goodies.
5. Minimum Sodium Content:
As the sodium content is low in this grain, it offers maximum help to the people with heart problems and blood pressure related issues.
Teff grain is versatile and there are many ways for it to be prepared and eaten. It can be boiled or baked. It is now found in many products in the market, such as Nutri-bars. Here is provided a couple of recipes for you to start your adventure with Teff:
1. Baked- Banana Bread:
You need 1 cup teff flour, half teaspoon salt, one cup all-purpose flour, two mashed bananas, half teaspoon baking soda, one-fourth cup water, five tablespoons butter, one cup sugar, one large egg and vanilla extract. Preheat the oven to 170 degree Celsius. Mix the flours, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Then, beat the sugar, butter and egg into a fine paste, for about five minutes. Add the banana, vanilla, flour mix and water to the mixture. Pour the batter into your baking dish coated with butter. Bake at 170 degree Celsius for about 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
2. Fried- Traditional Injeria:
You need one and a half cups of teff flour, two cups water, half teaspoon baking powder, coconut oil for frying and salt to taste. Put teff flour and water in a bowl and mix. Cover with a thin cloth and leave it for about twenty-four hours. This allows the flour to ferment. To the batter, add the salt and baking powder. Heat a pan over medium flame and put in a few drops of coconut oil. Pour some of the batter in the pan to cover the surface, and cover it. Do not overturn it; just leave it to cook for about five minutes. When the surface becomes dry and the circumference begins to curl, remove the Injeria. It can be eaten with any bland vegetable mix.
3. Boiled- Oatmeal Breakfast:
You need one-fourth cup oats, one tablespoon of teff grain, one tablespoon of flax seeds, one teaspoon of butter, one cup water, salt to taste, dried fruit and milk. A day before, melt butter in a pan and add the grains. Stir for a few minutes until nicely browned. Put off the fire and add boiling water (two-thirds cups) to the grains and stir. The next day, pour one-third cup of water in the pan and heat. Let it boil for about 5 minutes. Stir intermittently until you are satisfied with the consistency. Add milk and dry fruits, and serve.
Teff would seem to be the perfect food grain as it has little known side effects. Though it may advertise itself to be gluten-free, it still contains some amount of gluten. Anyone allergic to gluten should not eat teff food products in large amounts for this reason. It is still not a wise choice for people with Celiac disease, or any other gluten-related diseases.
Teff is good for health and a must try for health-conscious people. After all, good things come in small packages. Bring home this wonder grain today. You will be surprised at how much more healthy you feel on prolonged consumption of this grain.