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How to cook teff grain

These red-brown seeds are easy and quick to cook in around 15-20 minutes. The porridge-like consistency is ideal for breakfast and the flavour of Teff is complimented by foods such as nuts, honey and spices such as cinnamon and mixed spice. Teff seeds can also be added whole to breads and buns.

Teff grain is naturally gluten-free making it a useful addition to diets where gluten needs to be avoided. It has good levels of Calcium, Potassium and fibre. Teff grain is usually lightly toasted in a dry, non-stick pan before cooking. It can easily be mixed with other gluten free grains to create a flavoursome alternative to cous cous or rice.


Teff porridge can be used in place of oats as a breakfast cereal, or as an alternative to rice or couscous in savoury meals. To make teff porridge:
  1. Use one cup of teff per person.
  2. Optionally, toast the grains in a hot pan for 3-4 minutes. This enhances the flavour of the teff.
  3. Boil in a pan of hot water (3 cups of water to 1 cup of teff) for around 10-15 minutes.
  4. Turn the heat down. The teff will be ready when the water is absorbed and the grain is of a soft consistency.
  5. Serve.
  6. Teff can be served as a breakfast porridge with honey and fruit, or as a savoury alternative to rice or couscous with curries, meats or vegetables.

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