This grain from Ethiopia is gaining popularity with celebs like Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow indulging in it.
You might have just gotten used to cooking with quinoa, one of the healthiest grains available, but now there’s a new grain that’s attracting health freaks around the world. Teff, a grain native to Ethiopia, is quickly taking over the position quinoa has achieved in our diets over the last few years.
Teff looks like poppy seeds with a darker hue, and the flour made from this grain looks almost like buckwheat flour. Quite like quinoa, teff is costly. But with celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow indulging in it, it’s quickly gaining popularity–and the chances of it being available at slightly more affordable prices may increase.
Teff grains look like poppy seeds, and its flour has a grainy texture. Picture courtesy: Pinterest/The Kitchn
Here are a few things you need to know about this super-powerful grain:
1. Teff is high in protein and has low sodium content. So if you’re looking for essential nutrients and a good protein supplement, it’s a good grain to bet on. The low sodium content can keep high blood pressure at bay, and help you maintain a healthy heart.
2. This superfood also has high mineral contents with everything from calcium to vitamin C. It’s recommended for people who have low blood iron levels. It also helps regulate the blood sugar levels because of its relatively low glycemic index. If you’re diabetic, you should have this grain.
The Ethiopians use teff to make flatbreads, but it’s a versatile grain that can be used in many other ways. Picture courtesy: Pinterest/nirvanacakery.com
3. Teff is completely gluten free, and high in fibre. Obviously then, it’s perfect for people who follow a gluten-free diet or have celiac diseases. The high fibre makes sure that you have enough roughage in your body to maintain healthy bowel movement.
4. It cooks faster than most grains and is quite versatile. While Ethiopians traditionally make the dish injera (flatbread) with teff, it can be used to make everything from bread and cakes to cookies and even chocolate mousse.
You can use teff to make everything from cakes to breads. Picture courtesy: Pinterest/nirvanacakery.com
5. Teff is simply delicious! It tastes nutty and has a slightly grainy texture even when made into a flour. This little grain can add a whole new dimension to the meals you eat.
Basically, teff accomplishes everything that superfoods are meant to. If you’re a health freak totally into adopting new varieties to your nutritious diet, then this is a grain you should definitely get.