Made in a traditional Indian style, this fried bread recipe is both easy and delicious. It is a very basic recipe that requires just five common ingredients and there are many ways that you can enjoy it.
Fried breads go great with breakfast meals when smothered in your favorite jelly or jam. For snack time, cover the warm breads with powdered sugar and they taste just like homemade doughnuts. There is no sugar in this recipe, so it also makes a great addition to savory meals.
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup water
- In a medium bowl, mix together the salt, baking powder, and flour.
- Mix in the oil and water.
- Form the dough into a ball and set it on a lightly floured board.
- Pull off approximately ten golfball-sized bits. Shape them into balls and flatten each into a pancake. Poke a hole in the center of each flattened circles.
- Fill a large frying pan with about 3/4-inch of shortening or lard and heat the oil.
- Fry the breads for a few seconds on each side until they are golden brown.
- Set the breads on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
When warm, the breads can be covered in powdered sugar, like a powdered doughnut. Do this by placing the fried bread in a bag filled with a 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Give the bag a quick shake to cover the bread with sugar and remove the bread.
To freeze, let the bread cool and place it in a freezer bag. They will keep nicely in the freezer for up to one month. When ready to eat, thaw the breads out and place them in a warm oven to heat them back up.
More Fried Bread Recipes
The recipe above makes a fried bread in the Indian style. Many other cultures enjoy fried bread as well and here are some of our favorite recipes from around the world.
- Hungarian Langos Fried Bread - This recipe uses a potato and instant yeast to create a fried bread that can be enjoyed sweet or savory.
- Moroccan Harcha Fried Bread - A favorite pan-fried bread that uses semolina, this recipe is a cross between an English muffin and cornbread. It's tasty and rich, perfect for tea or breakfast.
- Native American Fry Bread - A very basic recipe, this one requires just four ingredients and it is perfect for making fry bread tacos.
- Tortas Fritas from Argentina and Uruguay - You will find that this recipe produces a fried bread that is more like a cake. It is thick and delicious (though it does have more fat) and it is fantastic for afternoon tea.
- Trini Bakes (aka Guyanese Floats) - Straight from the Caribbean, this is a fun fried bread recipe to pair with fish dishes and it is often paired with shark.