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A favorite of mine on forth of July. Blue berries are fresh and ripe in the month of July. So we are going to give you two recipes that go together both native to Lakota. I have converted this from handful of this or that to things like cups.

Blueberry wojapi 

Blueberry wojapi

Ingredients

  • Water to mix with flour to make a gravy or sauce mixture.
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup blueberries

Directions

Put the blueberries into a medium sauce pan.

Add 3 cups water to blueberries.

Add the sugar and mash the blueberries.

Heat until boiling.

Slowly add the flour paste to make a gravey like mixture.

Note: Ready to dip your frybread into hot, warm or cold. It is so very good. I like hot best so make your Fry bread while it’s hot.

Fry Bread

frybread

Basically Fried dough. Yup we invented that too. 😛 This should make about 8 small ones.

Ingredients

2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
Deep hot fat in frypan or fryer

Directions

Sift dry ingredients. Lightly stir in milk. Add more flour as necessary to make a dough you can handle. Kneed and work the dough on a floured board with floured hands until smooth. Pinch off fist-sized limps and shap into a disk — everyone has their own characteristic shapes.(Shape affects the taste, by the way because of how it fries). For Indian tacos, the disk must be rather flat, with a depression — almost a hole — in the center of both sides. Make it that way if the fry bread is going to have some sauce over it. Smaller, round ones are made to put on a plate. Fry in fat (about 375°) until golden and done on both sides, about 5 minutes. Drain on absorbent paper.

Lakota used to hang on a line but today it is far easier to place on a paper towel, let cool a little then dig in. Used to dip in Blueberry Wojapi and enjoy.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

~Michelle

Wojapi can be made with any berry, some people add cinnamon but not me. I love strawberry and cranberry wojapi as well. Same recipe different berry. 🙂

Final notes we used corn starch or corn meal in place of flour but the American pallet seems to favor flour. It changes the recipe so start with the flour and if you like get daring and try something else. 🙂