Teff Pancakes with Ricotta and Spinach

These gluten-free pancakes are made from teff, an ancient grain from Ethiopia that is becoming very popular as a ‘super food’ as poor quinoa is being asked to step aside. Teff has been a staple food for centuries in the horn of Africa where it is used to make injera, a flatbread.

Teff is high in iron and ideal for vegetarians looking for sources of protein. This recipe for teff pancakes with ricotta and spinach was shared with me by a friend, Saba, who runs the fantastic Saba’s Ethiopian Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. Saba also sells teff flour in her restaurant.


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Teff Pancakes with Ricotta and Spinach

Recipe by:
Saba Alemayoh


½ cup teff flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
½ cup milk
1 egg
1 tablespoon butter melted
9 teaspoons of light ricotta
100g spinach


1. Combine the milk, egg, ricotta and melted butter. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
2. Spray a pan with oil and heat. Add about a tablespoon of batter and tilt in a circular motion to create a small pancake.
3. Cook for 45 seconds or until the surface of the pancake is set. Turn with a spatula and cook for an additional 30 seconds.

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Serves: 2

9 Responses to “Teff Pancakes with Ricotta and Spinach”

  1. Andreya

    These pancakes look very tasty. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  2. Janet

    This recipe looks great. I’ve got teff to use up. What would you typically serve with these pancakes?

  3. Leah

    Hi. Can you use other flours. I don’t have Teff. Thank you

  4. Mohamed Abdi

    Asc, I want to know if the Tiff grain is the same as Somali waanbo I wondered when I saw the Tiff grains it is so small as it look like the Somali waanbe , are they the same or not? Thank you


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