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Assaleeak (Eskimo Fry Bread)

1-1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
salt (optional, to taste)
1 cup water (about)
oil to fry
sugar and cinnamon
melted butter to dip in (optional)

Heat one inch or more oil in a heavy duty pot or small skillet (7-9 inches) to 360F.  Mix flour and baking powder. Add water till a thick batter forms. Drop the batter by a spoonfuls or ladle into the warm oil, spreading batter as thin as possible with back of spoon so batter almost fills the pot. This will give you a large disc.  If desired, you can make smaller "puffs" just by dropping by heaping tablespoonfuls.  Fry till browned on each side (try to turn only once ).  Drain on paper towels.  Dust heavily with granulated sugar mixed with cinnamon or dip in melted butter then in sugar.  Serve immediately.