There are many different names for fried bread throughout the western United States. Depending on where you are and who you talk to, you’ll hear it called Indian fry bread, Navajo fry bread, and even scones. It’s popular in various Native American cultures. You’ll find it served plain or dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with honey, or, in place of tortillas, “Indian tacos,” filled with the usual taco fillings.
Not only are there different names for the crispy fried dough, but there are also different styles. Some are made from a yeast dough or include cornmeal. Others include lard or egg in the dough. This version is a simple flour-and-milk dough with baking powder for leavening. The result is a donut-like fried treat that’s crispy on the outside, and tender and light on the inside.