Frybread is a Native American fried flatbread that can be served sweet (with honey, jelly, sugar) or savory (with minced beef and taco toppings).  



4 cups plain flour 

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shortening or vegetable oil

1 cup warm water

oil for frying



  1. In a large bowl mix the salt and baking powder into the flour.
  2. Rub in the shortening (or stir in the oil).
  3. Add the water and stir until the dough sticks together.
  4. Kneed the dough until it is smooth.
  5. Divide into fist-size balls.  Place on a lightly floured board or tray.
  6. Cover.  Leave to rise for at least ten minutes.
  7. Flatten into pancake circles.
  8. Fry in the hot oil until evenly brown on both sides.
  9. Drain on kitchen paper.
  10. Add toppings.

Each tribe has its own version of this basic recipe.  Check out the different recipes on the Manataka American Indian Council website:


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