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Parāoa parai / Fry bread

Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins

No celebratory Matariki feast is complete without Māori fry bread! Crispy and golden brown on the outside and perfectly fluffy on the inside – these fry breads are pure heaven in dough form. Serve alongside your favourite meals or with some delicious dips. 



  • 3 cups high grade flour 
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • ½ tsp sugar 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 2 cups warm water 
  • Vegetable or rice bran oil, for frying

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  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Slowly add the warm water while mixing until a soft dough forms. 
  2. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover, and leave to proof in a warm place for 45-60 minutes or until doubled in size. 
  3. Once the dough has doubled in size, place onto a floured surface and roll out to a 1-2cm thickness. 
  4. Cut into your desired shapes or number of pieces, then deep fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and fluffy in the center. Once cooked, place onto a wire rack set on a lined tray to drain. 
  5. Serve the fry bread alongside your favourite sides or with your desired toppings. 
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