Indian frybread


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Mix Dry Ingredients:
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  1. Add Warm Water:
  • Gradually add warm water to the dry ingredients, stirring continuously. Mix until a dough forms. The dough should be soft but not too sticky.
  1. Knead the Dough:
  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead it for a few minutes until it becomes smooth.
  1. Rest the Dough:
  • Place the dough back into the bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rest for about 30 minutes.
  1. Divide and Shape:
  • Divide the dough into golf ball-sized portions. Roll each portion into a ball and then flatten it with your hands to form a disk. The thickness can vary depending on your preference.
  1. Heat Oil:
  • In a deep pan or skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. The oil should be hot enough to fry the bread but not smoking.
  1. Fry the Dough:
  • Carefully place a flattened dough disk into the hot oil. Fry until it puffs up and turns golden brown, then flip and cook the other side.
  1. Drain Excess Oil:
  • Once both sides are golden brown, use a slotted spoon to remove the frybread and place it on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  1. Serve Warm:
  • Indian frybread is best enjoyed warm. You can serve it plain, drizzle honey over it, or use it as a base for various toppings like chili, beans, cheese, or powdered sugar.


  • Frybread holds cultural significance in some Native American communities, but its popularity extends beyond those communities. It’s important to approach its history and consumption with cultural sensitivity.

Remember that this frybread recipe may vary, and there are different versions and techniques used by various individuals and communities.

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