Simple Nigerian Puff Puff Recipe

Many people say they find it hard to look away from this age long Nigerian snack, whenever it's spotted. I absolutely can relate. How do you pass by hot, soft, golden puff puff being scooped out of oil? Hey, but what if you can spend a few minutes in the kitchen making yours? And you get to have more than enough!
Nigerian Puff Puff is spongy, soft and delicious. This snack is quite easy to make provided you get the measurements of ingredients right and follow the right steps. So, let's make some puff puff.

Prep: 40 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes



2 cups of plain flour

2 teaspoons of instant yeast

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 tablespoons granulated sugar (adjust to your taste)

 Lukewarm water (for mixing)

3 pinches of salt

Vegetable Oil (for frying)


Get a bowl and sieve the flour into it, add the yeast, sugar, ground nutmeg and salt. Mix these dry ingredients.

Begin to add water in bits and mix as you do using your hand. Do this until you have achieved a smooth blend of all the ingredients. The consistency of the batter should be thick, not runny enough to easily flow out of our hand.

Once the batter is smooth enough, cover the bowl using a clean kitchen napkin or cling film, place in a warm area in the kitchen. When I want my batter to rise faster, I turn on the oven for 3 minutes and turn it off. Then I place the batter inside the oven. The heat will cause it to rise much faster.

Let it rise for some 40 minutes. The batter is well risen when it doubles in size and you can see air bubble on top. Bring it out now and mix again breaking the bubbles, this is important as these air pockets can absorb oil during frying leaving you with very oily puff puff.

In a deep pan, pour some vegetable oil and heat up, ensure the oil is about 4 inches deep. If it's shallow, the batter will flatten out when scooped into the oil instead of being round.

You'll know the oil is hot when you drop some batter into it and it immediately rises to the surface of the oil and sizzles.

Once you've confirmed that it's hot, start scooping the batter in to the oil in small round balls. The way to do this is by taking some batter in your fist, press it such that batter comes out of the hole between your thumb and forefinger, into the hot oil. If you can't figure this out, simply use a simple batter dispenser. There's a simple type being sold around, you can also use it for buns.

Put as much scoops as the oil can take, do not put too much scoops so there'll be space to turn the puff puff.

When the sides of the puff puff sitting in the oil are done and have turned golden brown, flip upside down to cook the other side as well.

When both sides are golden brown, take out the puff puff balls and place on a serviette or paper towels in a bowl to remove excess oil.

So, there you have it. Your simple, basic Nigerian puff puff is ready. You can serve this with any chilled drink of your choice. Once you have mastered this basic recipe, feel free to add other ingredients like egg, milk or even pepper if you're Yoruba. The Yorubas love pepper, don't they?
Don't forget to share your thoughts and experiences making this yummy snack with me.

Simple Nigerian Puff Puff Recipe Simple Nigerian Puff Puff Recipe Reviewed by Remi on 04:28 Rating: 5

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