(US) Fried bread; a Native American food, found throughout the Americas, particularly among Native Americans of the Southwestern United States and currently popular among many North American tribes as well as other ethnic groups. It is often an important symbol to Native Americans and is served especially on special occasions. Often made primarily of wheat flour and/or maize (corn) flour leavened by yeast, baking powder, or eggs, or by a combination of these rising agents, and then fried in lard, tallow, or vegetable oil. Probably of pre-Columbian tradition in which cornmeal would have been used.
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