How Do You Make Traditional Navajo Fry Bread?


Quick Answer

For Navajo fry bread, gather 2 cups all purpose flour, 3/4 cup warm water, 6 cups and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon of salt. Also prepare 1 tablespoon baking powder. Cook individual breads for roughly two minutes in oil heated to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.

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First mix all the dry ingredients in a food processor, and then add the additional teaspoon of vegetable oil and the water. Process the dough until smooth, remove it from the food processor and place it on a floured surface. Knead the dough together and roll it into a ball. Cover it with plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for at least an hour before cooking.

Heat the oil in a large pan or Dutch oven to the correct temperature. Ensure that the pan you use doesn't fill over halfway with the prescribed quantity of oil, as this constitutes a serious safety risk. Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll each into a 7-inch circle. Use your finger or a utensil to poke a whole in the center of each piece and cook them in the oil one at a time, turning with a spoon. Transfer each finished bread to a plate covered with paper towel, to collect excess grease. Garnish the finished fry bread with powdered sugar or honey or serve similar to a taco shell with seasoned meat inside.

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