Savory Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and Fresh Tomato Relish – a simple delicious vegan dinner recipe that is full of protein and nutrients! 

Savory Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and fresh Tomato Relish - a simple delicious vegan meal that is full of protein and nutrients! #teff #teffrecipes #teffcakes Your sadness doesn’t make you less of a human being. In fact, it makes you more. More expansive. More connected. Painfully beautiful. Raw. Open. Completely alive. Panache Desai

 

Here is a super tasty vegan recipe that will keep you fueled all day long- Savory Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and Fresh Tomato Relish, one of my new favorite vegan dinner recipes!

Teff, if unfamiliar is a tiny ancient grain that hails from Ethiopia and Eritrea, which is most typically used to make injera, a very thin, fermented, pancake-like, flatbread. Teff is naturally gluten-free, high in calcium, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

In an older post, we served up teff as a breakfast porridge, in this Teff Porridge with Fresh Figs, Walnuts and Honey.  But today I wanted to create a savory teff recipe that could be served up for dinner! The texture of these teff cakes are amazing and the flavor has a delicious earthiness that I crave.

Crispy Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and fresh Tomato Relish - a simple delicious vegan meal that is full of protein and nutrients! #teff #teffrecipes #teffcakes

Cook seasoned teff like you would polenta, and then let it cool before cutting it into cakes- which can then be fried or baked.

After the teff is cooked into a thick porridge, pour into a baking dish, smooth the surface and refrigerate – I like to make these the night before, or morning before. After they cool, they can be cut into squares or triangles and hold their shape really well.

Crispy Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and fresh Tomato Relish - a simple delicious vegan meal that is full of protein and nutrients! #teff #teffrecipes #teffcakes

At this point, you can bake the teff cakes or pan-sear them.

Crispy Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and fresh Tomato Relish - a simple delicious vegan meal that is full of protein and nutrients! #teff #teffrecipes #teffcakes

I prefer them pan-seared because the crust gives the dish such great texture!

Crispy Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and fresh Tomato Relish - a simple delicious vegan meal that is full of protein and nutrients! #teff #teffrecipes #teffcakes

After the teff cakes are nice and crispy, wilt some chard with a little olive oil and garlic.

Crispy Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and fresh Tomato Relish - a simple delicious vegan meal that is full of protein and nutrients! #teff #teffrecipes #teffcakes

Crispy Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and fresh Tomato Relish - a simple delicious vegan meal that is full of protein and nutrients! #teff #teffrecipes #teffcakes

Make the very simple tomato relish and then assemble!

Crispy Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and fresh Tomato Relish - a simple delicious vegan meal that is full of protein and nutrients! #teff #teffrecipes #teffcakes

Crispy Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and fresh Tomato Relish - a simple delicious vegan meal that is full of protein and nutrients! #teff #teffrecipes #teffcakes

Layer a couple of savory teff cakes, a mound of chard, and top with the tomato relish.

Vegan Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and fresh Tomato Relish - a simple delicious vegan meal that is full of protein and nutrients! #teff #teffrecipes #teffcakes

Spoon the dressing from the tomatoes around the dish or use a balsamic glaze.

Crispy Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and fresh Tomato Relish - a simple delicious vegan meal that is full of protein and nutrients! #teff #teffrecipes #teffcakes

And just as a side note, these can also be served as a tasty appetizer, just cut the teff cakes in half again and serve on a platter or cheese board. So easy!

Savory Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and fresh Tomato Relish - a simple delicious vegan meal that is full of protein and nutrients! #teff #teffrecipes #teffcakes

Such an easy teff recipe! Savory Vegan Teff Cakes – so simple and so tasty!  Vegan Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and fresh Tomato Relish - a simple delicious vegan meal that is full of protein and nutrients! #teff #teffrecipes #teffcakes

I’m so excited for you to try these!

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Crispy Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard and fresh Tomato Relish - a simple delicious vegan meal that is full of protein and nutrients! #teff #teffrecipes #teffcakes

Crispy Teff Cakes with Wilted Chard & Fresh Tomato Relish

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 5 hours
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: vegan, main, vegan dinner recipe
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: northwest

Description

A healthy, vegan dinner recipe that is full of protein and nutrients!  A delicious, easy and savory way to prepare teff, the world’s smallest ancient grain and incorporate it into our everyday meals. * THIS RECIPE REQUIRES 4 HOURS “cooling time” to set up properly.


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups water or broth
  • 1 1/2 cups teff ( whole grain, not flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence or Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ——
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, rough chopped
  • 1 bunch chard chopped.
  • 3 tablespoons white wine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ———
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved or sliced
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley ( or cilantro or basil) chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic
  • pinch salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add shallot and saute until fragrant and deeply golden. Add water, teff, salt, spices and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook 15 minutes, or until teff is tender (yet still intact) and when stirred has a consistency of a thick porridge.
  2. Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with olive oil. Give teff a good stir and pour into the baking dish. Using an oiled spatula, smooth the top. Let this cool and place into the fridge until it sets up and is firm, about 4 hours (or overnight). If making ahead see notes.
  3. Once teff is cooled and firm, cut into four squares. Remove cakes, then cut each into two triangles. ( See notes, for appetizer version.)
  4. Pan fry the teff cakes in a skillet, with a little oil, over medium heat, until crispy and heated through, about 5-6 minutes on each side. Place in a warm oven if you like. (Alternately you can bake these on a greased, parchment-lined sheet pan- 20 mins @400F .  Brush the tops with olive oil. )
  5. Wipe out the skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat and add garlic, stirring until golden, about 2-3 mintues. Add Kale and gently wilt. Add a splash of white wine and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  6. Make the tomato relish. Place tomatoes, tparley, olive oil, balsamic in a small bowl and mix. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Assemble: Place the warm, crispy teff cakes ( 2 triangles per person) on a plate, layering with the chard. Divide the tomato relish over top, spooning any remaining dressing on or around the cakes. Serve immediately!

Notes

These Teff Cakes may also be served as an appetizer, cutting the triangles in half again. Top each triangle with a little chard and tomato relish. Serve on a platter or cheese board with a mini fork sticking out of it.
If making the teff cakes ahead, once they have cooled for a couple hours in the fridge, cover tightly with plastic wrap to prevent cracking or drying out.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 square
  • Calories: 405
  • Sugar: 3.8 g
  • Sodium: 607 mg
  • Fat: 12.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 59.6 g
  • Fiber: 7.5 g
  • Protein: 11.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: teff recipes, teff recipes savory, Teff Cakes, teff recipes vegan, savory teff recipes, teff recipes dinner,

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. This was SOOOO good! Exceeded my expectstions & I can’t wait to make it for my daughter.

    1. Funny, I was just thinking how no one is really commenting on this one, and how much I really liked it, so thanks you confirmed my hopes!

  2. Loved this. My husband picked this out to make, we had never tried teff. It was surprisingly simple and delicious. Next time will double the chard because it’s so good. We’ve tried many new things because of your recipes. Thank you.

  3. This will be on regular rotation from now on. So easy to make and great for meal prep. I made a double batch, and fried them up as needed during the week. A fantastic vegan meal. Love all your vegan recipes!!!

  4. This turned out so good! Surprising how it cooks like polenta and sticks together. Great texture!

  5. Hi,
    Did you use Teff flour or grain? I used the flour and after I refrigerated it overnight, it was more of a gelatin consistency and was unable to cut it.

  6. Love this! I had never even heard of Teff, but couldn’t wait to get it and make this dish. It was so much fun to make, and very easy. I took a picture of it, but don’t see how I can upload it. It’s not as gorgeous as yours Sylvia, but it’s still easy on the eyes. I didn’t have parsley, so substituted watercress, and cubed in some avocado as well. Great taste and I love the nutritional value of the dish. I highly recommend it, company will be impressed; I’ll be making this again (maybe as an appetizer next time, thanks for the tip!

  7. Hi,
    Thank you for your amazing recipes. I have been trying several of them. They are all delicious and satisfying. In this recipe, kale and not chard is listed. Can you use either?

  8. I’d never heard of teff before, it looks interesting. Taste and texture wise, what would it be similar too?