Indian frybread is a traditional Native American treat that’s commonly served in many indigenous communities across the United States. There are different variations of frybread, and ingredients can vary slightly depending on the specific recipe or region. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:
Indian Frybread Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder (not baking soda)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup warm water (you might need a bit less or more, so add gradually)
- Vegetable oil or lard for frying
- Dough Preparation:
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix them well.
- Gradually add warm water to the dry ingredients. Mix until dough starts to come together. If it is too sticky, add a little more flour. If it is too dry, add a touch more water.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface until it’s smooth and elastic. This might take about 5 minutes.
- Let the dough rest for 20-30 minutes, covered with a cloth.
- Heat about an inch of oil or lard in a deep frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat. To test if the oil is ready, you can place a small piece of dough into the oil. If it bubbles and rises to the surface immediately, the oil is ready.
- While the oil heats up, divide the dough into small balls (about the size of a golf ball for smaller frybreads or larger for bigger ones).
- On a floured surface, roll out or press each ball into a flat, round shape, roughly 1/4-inch thick.
- Carefully place the dough into the hot oil. Fry each side until golden brown, which usually takes about 1-2 minutes per side.
- Remove the frybread with a slotted spoon and let them drain on paper towels.
- Serve warm. Frybread can be enjoyed with both sweet and savory toppings. For a sweet treat, you can sprinkle powdered sugar, honey, or cinnamon sugar. For a savory option, top with seasoned ground meat, lettuce, cheese, and other taco-style toppings for what’s commonly known as “Indian tacos.”
Note: This recipe produces a basic frybread. Variations might exist depending on tribal and regional differences. Always approach the term “Indian frybread” with cultural sensitivity, as it is deeply rooted in indigenous history and traditions.