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Simply cook food - Indian bread - Navajo Fry Bread

Indian bread - Bannock - Navajo Fry Bread with taco filling
Simply cook food - Indian bread with taco filling - Simply cook food © Copyright Azlin Bloor from Lin's Food

Native American Bread - Navajo Fry Bread

There are many names that Indian bread has. It is also called Navajo Fry Bread. The Navajo themselves call it "ntsidiigwoo". We have it on ours Travel through the USA and Canada frequently discovered. However, it always comes on the table in the kitchens of the First Nations. Baking it out in fat doesn't exactly make it the healthiest type of bread. But it tastes delicious. Fry Bread is also diverse. You can eat it with sweet ingredients. But it also tastes great when prepared as a taco.

This is how you enjoy Fry Bread with the Tutchone Indians in the Yukon

I have eaten Indian bread from the Navajo and Hopi Indians in the Southwest, as well as from the Athapasque in the Yukon Territory, the Hurons in Ontario or Quebec, and the Micmac in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada. The best experience on my travels with Fry Bread was in an Indian camp north of Whitehorse in the Yukon. We were invited to an Indian family on a river. This family runs a fish camp there every summer.

They gather there regularly to empty their fish wheel. This is a wooden wheel, they put in the river. Basket-like blades are attached to this wheel. The flow of the river turns the wheel in the water. Fish get caught in the baskets. These transport the fish into collecting containers, from which the fishermen collect their catch. This is the native way of fishing in these regions of the Yukon Territory. You can see how this works in this video.

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Frybread for the Barbecue

Such a trip to their fish bike is always an occasion for the family BBQ party. Freshly caught salmon is grilled over an open fire. And what goes better with it than Indian bread that is baked in a pan over a wood fire. This is a real feast where stories are told for hours. If you ever get the opportunity to take part in such a festival, it is an unforgettable experience.

Native American Bread - Bannock - Navajo Fry Bread with cinnamon and sugar
Indian bread with cinnamon and sugar © Copyright Azlin Bloor from Lin's Food

Simply cook food - Indian Fry Bread

Reason enough that Azlin and I cover Indian Fry Bread in our culinary journey around the world. Azlin presents the story of Navajo Fry Bread in her blog Linsfood. In her recipe, she suggests taco fry bread. Indian bread tastes very good and can be served with both sweet and savory sides. It's easy to prepare. In the southwestern United States, people like to combine it with the sumptuous ingredients for tacos. This makes it very rich. It can also be sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar or drizzled with honey. Then it is a good dessert or you can enjoy it for breakfast.

Taco Fry Bread or Bannock
Spicy taco frybread or Indian bread © Copyright Azlin Bloor from Lin's Food

Simply cook food - Indian bread recipe

Bannock is easy to bake. You only need a deep pan, in which the bread can be fried in the fat. These are the

Ingredients for Indian bread

300 g flour
Two teaspoons of baking soda
Half a teaspoon of salt
A teaspoon of white sugar
250 ml of warm water
Sunflower oil (enough to fill the pan with oil about a centimeter deep)

How you bake Indian bread

Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl. Pour in about three quarters of the warm water and stir it with a wooden spoon. You do this until the soft dough comes off the edge of the bowl. Add more water if necessary. The dough is fairly soft and sticky. Sprinkle some flour over the dough and cover the bowl with cling film. Let the dough rest for about half an hour.

After the rest period, you put the dough on a floured work surface. Dip your hands in flour and flatten the dough. Then divide it into eight parts. Set aside two tiny pieces of dough. With these you will later test the oil.

Roll out a piece of dough into a round piece about 15 cm in diameter. The thinner the dough, the crunchier your Navajo Fry Bread will be. Place your flat piece of dough on a floured plate and sprinkle some flour over it. Cover it with a damp cloth. You repeat this with the other pieces of dough.

Fry your Indian Bread in Oil

Heat the oil in a deep pan to a medium high heat. Prepare a plate of kitchen paper that absorbs excess fat. If the oil is shiny, add one of the tiny pieces of dough to the oil for testing. If it rises immediately, the oil is hot enough. If not, repeat this a little later.

Turn over your stack of prepared dough sheets. So you start with the one you rolled out first. Remove excess flour and slide the dough sheet into the oil. There it forms bubbles immediately. Fry them for about a minute and then turn them over. If it is golden brown, take it out of the pan and put it on the plate lined with kitchen paper. Repeat this until all the dough sheets are baked. Serve with cinnamon and sugar. Or prepare Taco Fry Breadas Azlin suggests on her blog.

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Source for Indian bread - Navajo Fry Bread: own research and a recipe from Azlin Bloor.

Responses

  1. Tanya
    | Reply

    Dear Monika,
    that looks delicious… :)
    This will be on the quarantine recipe list for the next few days.
    Regards
    Tanya

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Tanja,

      it also tastes very good, not only in times of Corona. Whenever we discover the bread on our travels through the USA or Canada, we order it. But you can also do it yourself very easily.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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