Navajo fry bread

4Navajo fry bread

This post is a part of  the mega Blogging Marathon and A-Z challenge. I have chosen ‘popular American dishes’ as my theme.

We have crossed halfway through the journey of cuisines and its time to talk about the alphabet ‘N’. The plan was to make a New york style pizza or cheese cake, but then I got to know about this Indian fry bread developed by the Navajo tribe(pronounced Navaho). I read about the painful history behind the origin of the recipe here. The recipe was developed in Indian camps with the limited provisions available.

My recipe is from Mireille’s blog. I love reading her intros; she takes us to through many wonderful trips through cuisines and makes it more enjoyable by adding her own experiences. For this post she is talking about her college years in New Mexico.

I couldn’t roll the bread thin and they ended up a little puffed up. If you are making this, try making it thinner and stretch it out as much as you can. Its a little like our own naan bread actually.

Read on for the recipe.

2Navajo fry bread

Recipe source: The schizo chef

Makes: six small fry breads


  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • warm water for making the dough
  • oil for deep frying
  • honey/ melted butter/sugar for serving


  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt in a bowl. Add water slowly and kneed until you get a soft dough. The dough shouldn’t be sticky.
  2. Pull out a small lime sized ball of dough, pat it flat on a lightly floured surface to help prevent sticking. Make it as thin as possible( I wasn’t very lucky there :D) and poke a hole in the middle.
  3. Deep fry in hot oil until golden. Drain on paper towels. Serve with honey or melted butter with powdered sugar on top.

3Navajo fry bread

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 63

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16 thoughts on “Navajo fry bread

  1. After moving to South, I realized that the fry breads are so common here. I ate the savory bean loaded fry bread few times at the fairs here and love it. I am going to try to recreate what I ate using this recipe for fry bread!


  2. This is new to me, they look like Vada. I agree with everyone about Mir’s intro.. She does so much research. Nice share.


  3. The fry bread looks almost like vadas .Lovely and I am sure they must be delicious too.Nice choice from Mir’s.


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