Teff, Pumpkin & Haloumi Fritters with Fresh Mint and Chilli

These fritters are perfect as a light mid-week meal or lunch, packed with goodness from teff to provide a boost of nutrients and a delicious nutty flavour. Teff is considered one of the most nutritious grains around, providing a decent dose of protein, fibre, iron, magnesium, calcium and more. Not bad for the world's tiniest seed!

Make these fritters ahead and you'll always have a healthy, filling meal on-hand.


  • 500g pumpkin (cubed and roasted)
  • Small handful mint (chopped roughly)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups Ivory Teff Seed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 180g haloumi (finely cubed)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • ¼ preserved lemon (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp preserved lemon juice
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp harissa paste
  • ½ red chilli
  • 2 tbsp potato flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Cook teff – 3 parts water/1 part grain (so 6 cups of water) in a saucepan with lid on and pinch of salt, bring water to boil, reduce to simmer and cook for 10-12 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the cooked teff, spices, preserved lemon, garlic, chilli, eggs, salt and pepper, and olive oil. When the mixture is combined, add the rest of the ingredients – cubed pumpkin, haloumi and mint and potato flour, and stir gently until just combined. If the mixture is still too runny (you should be able to create balls of it) add more potato flour.
  4. On a lined baking tray, gently press down medium palm sized balls of the fritter mixture, until they form a patty. Repeat this process until you have used up all the mixture. It should make about 8-10 medium fritters.
  5. Cook in the oven for around 20 minutes, checking the fritters and gently turning them over. Continue to cook for another 20 minutes, or until they are nice and brown.
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Bondi-based Teff Tribe offers teff seed and flour as well as a line of teff porridges, pastas and baking mixes that make it easy to incorporate this often overlooked supergrain into even the busiest lifestyle.

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