What Are Some Recipes for Sioux Food?


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Two traditional Sioux recipes are Sioux Indian pudding and Sioux corn cookies, known in the Lakota language as "wagmiza wasna." Wasna is a versatile Sioux cooking recipe that roughly translates to "ground-up anything."

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Sioux Indian pudding is made with three cups of milk, combined with a one-third cup of cornmeal, one-quarter cup of dark molasses, one-quarter cup of sugar and one-half teaspoons of salt, ginger and cinnamon. To prepare this dish, butter a one-quart baking dish, and preheat an oven to 275 degrees. Cook the milk in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring in the cornmeal and molasses once the milk begins to form bubbles at the edges of the pan. Once the mixture has thickened, pour it into the buttered dish, and bake it for two hours.

To make Sioux corn cookies, toast cornmeal in a skillet while constantly stirring it to avoid burning. Heat a cup of oil, and grind raisins into it before adding browned cornmeal and sugar. Press the resulting mixture onto a cookie sheet, and eat it as soon as it cools.

A traditional and historically accurate recipe for wasna consists of dried buffalo meat and berries, ground into a paste using a stone. Often, the Sioux people would add fat and bone marrow to the paste.

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