Indian Fry Bread and Indian Taco Recipe and History

  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Extra flour to flour your hands
  1. Sift together the flour, salt, powdered milk, and baking powder into a large bowl.  Pour the water over the flour mixture all at once and stir the dough with a fork until it starts to form one big clump.
  2. Flour your hands well.  Using your hands, begin to mix the dough, trying to get all the flour into the mixture to form a ball.  You want to mix this well, but you do NOT want to knead it.  Kneading it will make for a heavy Fry Bread when cooked.  The inside of the dough ball should still be sticky after it is formed, while the outside will be well floured.  Cut the dough into four (4) pieces.  Using your floured hands, shape, stretch, pat, and form a disk of about 5 to 7 inches in diameter. Do not worry about it being round.  As Grandma Felipa would say “it doesn’t roll into your mouth.”
  3. In a deep heavy pot, heat the vegetable oil to about 350 degrees F.  You can check if you oil is hot enough by either dropping a small piece of dough in the hot oil and seeing if it begins to fry, or by dipping the end of a wooden spoon in and seeing if that bubbles.  Your oil should be about 1-inch deep in a large cast-iron skillet or other large heavy pot.
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