Native American Recipes

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

It's Fry Bread You Dummy

Navajo Fry Bread

2 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon shortening
1 cup water
oil for frying

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening with 2 knives or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add enough water to make a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured board until smooth and elastic. Pinch off dough, enough to make 11/2 inch balls. Roll or slap back and forth from hand to hand until each ball is a flat 4-inch round. Fry each round in a skillet, in 1/4-inch deep hot fat at 400 degrees until lightly browned on both sides, turning once. Bread becomes puffy as it fries. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot, plain, or with jam, honey, or your favorite tortilla topping.

Seminole Indian Fry Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup instant lowfat powdered milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tsp double acting baking powder
1 tablespoon lard
3/4 cups luke warm water
vegetable oil for frying

In a small bowl mix together flour, powdered milk, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the lard until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add water and knead lightly for 1 minute. Turn out onto a well floured surface and knead until a smooth ball forms. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts and shape each into a small ball. Cover with an inverted bowl and let rest for about 10 minutes. On a floured surface roll each ball into a 6 inch circle. Poke a hole in the center of each round of dough. In a skillet heat about 1-1 1/2 inches of vegetable oil, until smoke appears. (375x F.) Fry the dough rounds one at a time until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels and
serve hot. Yield: makes 8

Indian Mothers Bread

2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
milk (enough to mix)

Mix all ingredients. Divide the dough into parts and shape each into round pone about the size of your skillet and 1/8th of an inch thick. Fry the bread in about 1/4 inch hot cooking oil until golden brown on each side. Cut into wedges and serve hot. Delicious with butter, jams or other sweet spreads.


1 cup white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
vegetable oil

Mix dry ingredients. Add water to dry ingredients, mix well. Knead dough on a floured board till it becomes elastic. Let dough rest 10 minutes, covered. Roll out dough till it is 1/2 inch thick. Cut
into squares or circles. Deep-fry at 370F till golden brown; drain on paper towels. Drizzle with honey and serve.

Abubu Fry Bread

2 large eggs
2 pkgs yeast
8 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
4 cups milk
1 tablespoon oil

Mix everything together and let it rise punch it down an let it rise again it must rise 4 times total this is important after it has risen 4 times shape it into a circle the size of your pan or cut it into 5 inch circles if you are making indian tacos .Put the dough in a frying pan with enough already heated oil to go half way up the dough the oil should be hot already.Fry the dough till it is done then turn it over and fry the other side If you are making indian tacos take the 5 inch circles and fold them in half fill them with already cooked meat and cheese or whatever you want in them and pinch the edges shut like you do a pie crust then fry them in hot oil.If you are making Indian tacos you will need to make the dough way thinner.This is rez bread for dipping in wojapi.
Yield: 4 servings

Blackfoot Fry Bread

1 cup warm water
1 pkg dry yeast
2 tablespoon soft butter
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 to 3 cups flour

Place water in bowl. Sprinkle yeast over water and allow to stand in warm place for 5 minutes. Add butter, sugar, salt and 2 1/2 cups flour. Knead, adding enough flour to make stiff dough.
Allow to rise (in bowl with towel over top, in warm place) for one hour. Place oil in deep sauce pan and heat to 350 F. Form dough into 4 inch disks about 1/4 inch thick, and fry about 1 minute per side until golden brown.

Indian Fried Pumpkin Bread

4 cups self-rising flour
1 tablespoon baking powder (if using regular; flour)
1 16 oz. can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filli)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup white or brown sugar
2 cups corn oil

1. In large mixing bowl, combine 3 1/2 cups of flour with the baking powder, pumpkin, and sugar. 2. Blend well and knead briefly, forking in the rest of the flour if needed ot make a smooth dough. Refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up the dough. 3. Divide dough into fourths and knead each
portion on a floured board or cloth for few minutes. 4. Using floured rolling pin, roll each portion into a cylinder 8 to 10 inches long. 5. Cut each cylinder into 6 slices. 6. Flour each slice and form into a cake no more than 1/2 inch thick. Dough cooks faster if thinner. 7. Heat 3/4 inch of oil in a deep, heavy frying pan until a bit of dough begins to bubble immediately. 8. Fry the cakes in hot oil. Turn after 2 or 3 minutes, when bottom side is brown. You can reduce spattering by covering the pan with a screen. 9. When both sides are brown, remove from pan with skimmer, drain
on paper.Notes: Miccosukee tribe.

Indian Yeast Fry Bread

2 T. honey
1/2 t. salt
1 pkg. yeast
1 t. baking powder
1 1/2 . oil
1 c. hot water
1 1/2 c. flour

Stir together honey, oil, salt and hot water. Add yeast and allow to stand 10 min. to dissolve yeast.Add flour and baking powder. Use enough flour to make a firm ball. Take enough dough to flatten as pizza crust 6-8 in. in diameter. Deep fry in more oil.


4 tblsp honey
3 tabl oil
1 tabl salt
2 cups hot water
1 package active dry yeast
3 cups unbleached white flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
2-4 cups additional flour

Start the dough mixture about 2 to 2 1/2 hours before serving. Be sure to poke a hole in the center of your dough before you fry it...otherwise your fry bread may have a doughy undercooked center. Mix together the honey, oil, and salt. Stir in the hot water. Mix well. Sprinkle the yeast on top of this mixture. Cover with a cloth and allow to stand about 10
minutes or until yeast bubbles. Add Flour and baking powder. Stir well. Add more flour until mixture is firm and cleans hands. (2-4 cups of flour) Place dough in greased bowl, turning over to grease the top. Cover and allow to raise until double in bulk (about half an hour). Punch down and divide in half, then each half into 8 parts. Form each piece into a ball and place on waxed paper. Allow to raise until ready to cook. Head deep fat to frying temperature. Take a ball of dough and flatten with your hands using a stretching action until the dough is very thin and round (about six to eight inches in diameter). Poke a hole in the middle and drop in deep fat. Fry until golden, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot topped with honey, powdered sugar, or cinnamon sugar. For a more substantial meal...cover with refried beans, meat, shredded lettuce, and shredded cheese and salsa. I might mention that the first cake I made was not very flat so I located my wife's rolling pin and used it on the remaining cakes and they turned out perfectly!

Red Corn Fry Bread

1/2 to 1 cup red corn meal
1 cup all purpose wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder or culinary ashes
2/3 cup to 1 cup water
light oil for frying

(to use the ashes will enhance the red/pink color)
Mix dry ingredients together; form a well in the center and add the water, until you have a good doughy consistency (one that you can work with, either by patting or rolling--I usually pat). If the dough is too sticky, add more of the red corn meal; if it is too dry add more water.
Lightly knead dough and let sit for at least 10 minutes, either covered or lightly oiled on top. Meanwhile heat oil. The oil needs to be really hot or the breads will be rather heavy or not cooked through. Pat or roll the dough into rounds and fry in hot oil until puffed slightly
and golden rosy. Salt if you like--strictly optional. With the cornmeal in the mix, these are heavier than most all wheat frybreads, but I think they taste better.