Check out this recipe for delicious Native-American fry bread, provided by Navajo Chef, Freddie Bitsoie, as seen on PBS Food's Lidia Celebrates America; Part 4: Ancient Navajo House Blessing.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2-4 cups warm to very warm water
- 4 cups canola oil
- Combine all dry ingredients in medium mixing bowl and mix well.
- Add about 3 cups of water and knead very well using hands or stand mixer. (The amount of water depends on local humidity, so if the dough needs more water, add accordingly.)
- Make sure the dough is smooth and soft. Cover, set aside, and allow the dough to rest.
- Heat the oil to about 375° F in wide heavy-bottom pan.
- Roll the dough out into four balls, and pat out flat (can use a rolling pin).
- Carefully place one piece of dough into the hot oil. Once the edges of the dough are golden, turn the
- bread over and let it finish cooking.
- Remove the bread to drain on paper towels.
- Repeat with the remaining dough.
Tips/TechniquesAll “fry bread” recipes vary in Native America, and no single recipe is the right one.
Enjoy this very simple recipe!