Indian Food Recipes
The Lakota tribe, also known as the Sioux, was a nomadic tribe, and favored many recipes for generations. The Lakota only hunted animals that were grass eaters, believing that in the circle of life, their bodies would feed the animals after they themselves had died. Their diet was very high in protein because of the meat that they ate in high quantities. Sometimes the tribes would have plenty to eat, such as when they killed a bison.
At other times, food would be scarce. A popular Lakota recipe that was used for generations of Indians was called "Wasna". Wa means anything, and sna means ground up. Wasna consisted of dried buffalo and berries, with added fat and bone marrow from the animal. Wasna was ground up and pounded with a stone, and was considered a scared food. It was believed to have healing properties, and was commonly used in different rituals. Since Wasna is so high in protein, many of the Lakota believe today that their relatives did not develop diseases such as cancer or heart problems, because of the vast amounts of Wasna that were consumed.
Fry bread was another Lakota recipe that has a dozens of recipes as to how to make it, but they are all basically the same. This bread was used for many things, even Indian tacos. It consisted of:
- 3 teaspoons of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1cup of milk
- Hot fat to fry in
After the dry ingredients were stirred, the milk was added. Flour could also be added to mixture to make it more pliable. The dough was kneaded on a floured board, and then made into shapes. The shape of the bread would affect the way it cooked, which would affect the taste. Fry bread was used for many purposes, and was eaten with sauces, as a taco or even by itself. It was a staple of the Lakota tribe, as it used very basic ingredients.
The Lakota used many cooking techniques that aren't in practice today. This included cooking over hot coals, or burying food over coals in the ground. The Lakota tribe followed many of the same recipes for years, with variations made from generation to generation.