Teff – The New Superfood

by Dr Charlotte Bech

Teff - The New Superfood

Super Food is a general term used for foods containing special Nutrients

Teff grain and flour

Teff is a type of millet. Teff is mainly cultivated in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Teff is gluten-free and contains very little fat (less than 1%). Teff has a high content of nutrients, particularly dietary fibre, protein, and minerals – calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and potassium, containing vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9.

Teff is similar to millet and quinoa, but the grain is small in size (less than 1 mm in diameter) and is easy to boil

Teff plant

Teff is thought to be to have cultivated over 6000 years ago but is relatively unknown in the west as in the past African states banned the export until recently when a surplus has been generated. The US has also now started to cultivate and export in large quantities Teff can be grown only in hot climates. It does not tolerate frost or freezing temperatures. Teff is generally known for its high quality and high yield. In Africa, one of its primary uses is to make a special flatbread with sourdough (injera). There are several types of Teff, both light and dark varieties.

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Recipe for Dumplings with Teff:

  • 200 g Teff
  • 60 g seeds of chia
  • 1 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 2 tbsp. ground linseed
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 4 ½ cup lukewarm water
  1. Set the oven to 200 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Form tubes by adding water and oil. Leave to stand for 5 minutes and then mix and need the dough around the bowl.
  2. Form dumplings with a spoon on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 200 degrees.
  3. Leave to cool completely before they are eaten.

Reproduced by kind permission of Dr Charlotte Bech. Source: Teff – The New Superfood

Where Can I Buy Teff Flour?

Teff flour can be bought online in the UK:

Dr Charlotte Bech

Dr Charlotte Bech

Dr Charlotte Bech is a Danish doctor who has worked in several areas of medicine, including the field of obstetrics (with a degree from the University of Copenhagen). She is an author of several popular books on health, a columnist in national magazines and a frequent panellist at public discussions and media events. Dr Bech has also looked deeply into alternative ways of healing the human body, mastering the techniques of Maharishi Ayurveda and setting up her own clinic of natural treatment.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this document is presented for the sole purpose of imparting education on Maharishi AyurVeda and neither the information nor the products are intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition or are pregnant or lactating, please consult a health professional and it is recommended that you speak with your physician before making significant changes to your diet or routine.