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My uncles recipe for indian fry bread

kalelcadillac's picture

My uncles recipe for indian fry bread

Hello everyone, new here. Ive always enjoyed baking, mostly cookies tho. i havent baked bread since i was little with my mom. ive been wanting to bake my own bread for quite some time now mainly b/c of rising food cost, and bread tastes better when its homemade. I stumbled across this site while looking for easy bread recipes, and i just want to say, this is a wonderful community you folks have here and i am anxious to be part of it!

I would like to share my uncles recipe for indian fry bread with you all. he was a chippewa and even tho i have made this many times i still think he made the best. i hope everyone enjoys.


Just stir with a spoon. No mixer needed.

Stir together: 3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar

Then add and stir: 1 cup water
1/2 cup milk

Finally, add enough flour to make the dough able to be handled, so it isn't sticky. Form into round patties of about a half-inch thick, make crisscross marks on both sides with a knife (this keeps them from rising unevenly while frying) and fry in a skillet with about a quarter inch or so of preheated oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Serve hot with butter or your favorite jam. That's it. Enjoy.


dmsnyder's picture

Welcome to TFL! 

I didn't know that fry bread was so widespread. When I was in the public health service, I had Navajo fry bread in New Mexico and Arizona. It was also used as the "base" for "Navajo tacos," which were, in fact, more like tostadas. Yum! (As long as you didn't think to much about the "fry" part of the  "fry bread.")  

In the Southwest, I never saw them served with butter and jam, only with (very, very spicy) salsa. Now, sopallpilas with honey .... Ohhhhh, my! 


MaryinHammondsport's picture

I've had fry bread on the Warm Springs Reservation in Eastern Oregon. We had a terrific Christmas dinner there one year, at their resort.

I have fond memories, and can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks so much for posting it.


edh's picture

I've had fry bread made by Passamaquoddy, the tribe local to my area, in Downeast Maine. Yum!

Look forward to trying your uncle's recipe, welcome!