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Mama's Kiowa Indian Frybread: A Taste of Native Heritage

Mama's Kiowa Indian Frybread: A Taste of Native Heritage

Mama's Kiowa Indian Frybread: A Taste of Native Heritage

As a Native American with roots in Alaska and Oklahoma, I've been asked countless times for my Mama's Kiowa Indian frybread recipe. Passed down through generations, this cherished family recipe is a culinary treasure. Although there are no precise measurements (it's all about the feel), I'll do my best to guide you. Let's get started.


  • Enough oil for deep frying
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar or honey
  • Approximately 4 cups milk (adjust for consistency)
  • Additional flour for dusting


  1. Begin by heating a large deep pan with enough oil to submerge the frybread. Use medium-high heat and monitor the temperature with a thermometer to maintain around 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a big mixing bowl, combine 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 1/3 cup of sugar or honey. Mix these dry ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Gradually add approximately 4 cups of milk to the dry ingredients. The dough should be sticky, so adjust the milk as needed until you achieve the right consistency.
  4. Place the dough on a floured surface. Gently roll it around until it's completely covered with flour, preventing it from sticking to your hands.
  5. Pinch off pieces of the dough, roughly the size of biscuits. Lightly press these pieces with your fingers on the floured surface, gently flattening them. Use your index finger to poke a hole in the center, creating the classic frybread shape.
  6. Once all the frybreads are prepared, carefully place 2 or 3 of them in the hot oil. Fry until you notice the edges turning golden, then flip them over and fry until the other side is also golden brown.
  7. Remove the frybreads from the oil using a slotted spoon or tongs, allowing excess oil to drain. Place them on paper towels to absorb any remaining oil.

Mama's Kiowa Indian Frybread is a taste of tradition and heritage. These crispy, golden delights are best enjoyed fresh and hot. Serve them as a snack, with savory toppings, or even a drizzle of honey for a sweet treat. Share these frybreads with your loved ones and savor the flavors of Native American culture.

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  1. I thank you very much for letting me join your group this means an awful lot to me I have cerebral palsy and it helps me with my physical therapy and occupational therapy I enjoy cooking thank you again sincerely James,

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