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Indian Frybread

Indian Frybread holds a special place in my heart as it not only represents a delicious culinary tradition but also embodies a sense of community and heritage. The simplicity of the ingredients and the crispy yet pillowy texture of the frybread make it a truly comforting and versatile dish. Whether enjoyed plain or with savory or sweet toppings, each bite is a reminder of the rich cultural heritage behind this beloved recipe.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 4 cups shortening for frying


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  2. Gradually stir in the warm water until a soft but not sticky dough forms.
  3. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic.
  4. Divide the dough into balls about 3 inches in diameter. Flatten each ball into a patty about 1/2 inch thick, and make a small hole in the center of each patty.
  5. In a deep skillet or frying pan, heat the shortening over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.
  6. Fry the dough patties one at a time in the hot shortening, turning them over to brown on both sides until they are golden and crispy.
  7. Once fried, drain the frybread on paper towels to remove excess oil.


  • Nutritional values for frying oil are based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Actual values may vary depending on cooking time, temperature, ingredient density, and type of oil used.


  1. Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour? Yes, you can substitute whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour, but the texture and flavor may vary slightly.
  2. What is the best way to store leftover frybread? Store leftover frybread in an airtight container at room temperature. Reheat in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes before serving to restore crispiness.
  3. Can I make the dough ahead of time and fry it later? Yes, you can prepare the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to fry. Allow the dough to come to room temperature before shaping and frying.
  4. What are some traditional toppings for Indian frybread? Traditional toppings include savory options like chili, beans, cheese, and lettuce, as well as sweet toppings like honey, powdered sugar, and fruit preserves.
  5. Can I use a different type of oil for frying? Yes, you can use vegetable oil, canola oil, or any other neutral-flavored oil suitable for frying.
  6. How can I make the frybread healthier? To make the frybread healthier, you can try using less shortening for frying or opt for air frying instead of deep frying.
  7. What should I serve with Indian frybread? Indian frybread pairs well with a variety of dishes, including stews, soups, chili, or simply enjoyed on its own as a snack or side dish.
  8. Can I freeze Indian frybread? Yes, you can freeze cooked frybread. Allow it to cool completely, then place it in a freezer-safe container or bag. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and warm in the oven or toaster oven.


  1. Maintain consistent oil temperature: Keep an eye on the temperature of the frying oil to ensure that the frybread cooks evenly and doesn’t absorb too much oil.
  2. Don’t overcrowd the pan: Fry the dough patties in batches to prevent overcrowding, which can lower the oil temperature and result in soggy frybread.
  3. Adjust dough consistency as needed: If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. If it’s too dry, add a little more water until you achieve the desired texture.
  4. Experiment with shapes and sizes: Get creative with the shape and size of the frybread patties, from traditional round discs to smaller bite-sized pieces or even elongated shapes.

Indian frybread is more than just a recipe—it’s a cultural experience that brings people together through food. With its simple ingredients and delicious flavor, it’s sure to become a favorite in your kitchen too. Enjoy the process of making and savoring this timeless dish!

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