African-Spiced Coconut Teff & Red Lentil Stew with Collards & Yams


When I teach hands on cooking classes, I often include this recipe, which is often the first taste of teff for many of my students. Since teff is native to Ethiopia, cooking it with African spices gives it an authentic and robust flavor. Here, the combination with quick-cooking red lentils and coconut milk makes for a fabulous, rich-tasting stew with a great nutritional profile.

Serves 4-6

  • 2/3 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cups teff
  • 2 cups grated yams
  • ¼ cup seeded and chopped poblano pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek
  • 2 ¼ cups water
  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 ¾ cups diced tomatoes
  • 7 cups collards, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Put lentils, teff, yams, poblano pepper, cumin seeds, fenugreek, water and coconut milk in a 6-quart stockpot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until lentils are dissolved and teff is tender.Add tomatoes, collards, ginger and sea salt and simmer about 5 minutes, or until collards are bright green.
  2. *Taste and adjust the seasonings, if desired.
  3. Ladle into bowls and serve immediately.

Reprinted with permission by New Harbinger Publications, Inc. Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook (2010) by Leslie Cerier

6 thoughts on “African-Spiced Coconut Teff & Red Lentil Stew with Collards & Yams

  1. noracharles

    Delicious! I used stock instead of water, and I think next time I’ll add some garlic (sautee at the beginning in a splash of oil in the cooking pot) because I love me some garlic.

  2. Cheryl Knecht Muñoz

    I shared this recipe on facebook and MANY of my friends made it that night and loved it! I have had a bag of Teff in the cupboard all year and finally used it. I am so happy I tried it and had a good recipe as a guide… THANKS!

    1. lesliecerier

      You are most welcome Cheryl!

      Happy to inspire your home cooking!
      Thanks for sharing this quick, easy, nourishing and delicious, I think I will make this African Spiced Stew soon myself!

  3. Mike

    This recipe looks great. I found your website because I bought a bag of Teff today (new on the shelves), then followed a few links on the Internet to learn more about it, and here I am.

    I’ve been vegan for decades and love to cook, so I have now added your site to my favorites list.

    Thank you for doing all of this.

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