Basic Fried Bread Recipe

Indian Fry Bread
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  • 23 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Yield: 10 Fried Breads (10 servings)
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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.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups​ all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water

How to Make It

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the salt, baking powder, and flour.
  2. Mix in the oil and water.
  3. Form the dough into a ball and set it on a lightly floured board.
  4. 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.
  5. Fill a large frying pan with about 3/4-inch of shortening or lard and heat the oil.
  6. Fry the breads for a few seconds on each side until they are golden brown.
  1. 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.