Average: 5 (1 vote)
Active time
30 minutes
Total time
1 hour
8 slices
Serving Size
1 slice

3 cups water

3 ½ cups thinly sliced yams

1 cup teff

½ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 ½ cups coarsely chopped leeks

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

2 cups coarsely chopped collard greens

½ cup coarsely chopped basil

½ cup coarsely chopped cilantro


  1. Bring the water, yams, teff, and salt to boil in a 4-quart stockpot. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for 20 minutes.
  2. While the teff mixture simmers, heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add the oil, leeks, fennel, and cumin, and sauté 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant. Stir in the collard greens and sauté about 3 minutes, or until bright green.
  3. Transfer the collard mixture to the teff mixture, cover, and continue to simmer another few minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Turn off the heat and stir the basil and cilantro into mixture. Adjust the seasonings, if desired.
  5. Spoon the mixture into an 8-inch unoiled loaf pan, and let stand about 30 minutes, or until firm.
  6. Remove the loaf onto a platter (or leave in pan). Cut into slices and serve.


Excerpted from Going Wild in the Kitchen by Leslie Cerier,
Square One Publlshers, Inc.© 2005. Used by permission of the publisher.
To learn more about Leslie Cerier,
visit her website.


Calories: 160
Total Fat: 2.5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Sodium: 170 mg
Carbohydrate: 30g
Fiber: 4g
Protein: 5g

Yield: 8 slices

Serving Size: 1 slice

How'd it Taste?

is it teff flour?
No, it's actual teff grains. That's why it needs to simmer.
Can I use teff flour instead of grains? I have all the ingredients but my teff is in flour form.
I'm not sure if that has been tried before! If you do make this recipe, let us know how it turns out with teff flour!
Have you tried it with teff flour Maria?
Shaari Unger
Thanks. That was my question too.
Hello, Basil and cilantro are out of seasons and don't dry very well for winter. . What other seasonings would you suggest? Thanks.
Hi Shaari, The fresh herbs make a world of difference in this one, especially since the recipe uses so much of it. If fresh cilantro and fresh basil aren’t available to you this time of year, then perhaps it might be worth saving until those herbs show up again. Note that some folks have success growing their own herbs indoors, even in the winter!
Shaari Unger
Absolutely delicious! I knew this was going to be a great recipe when I looked at the ingredients. The spices and herbs in the dish are the perfect combination and give the loaf so much flavor. And I was surprised that it set up in 20 minutes. My only negative was that the sweet potatoes cooked too much and were very soft because I cut them so thin. This is one recipe where I’d recommend cutting them a little thicker, to keep the structure.

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