How to Make Puff-Puffs: A Nigerian Pastry Snack

Updated on June 29, 2020
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Nigerian puff-puffs
Nigerian puff-puffs

A Delicious Snack

Puff-puffs are a very popular and tasty Nigerian snack. They are easy and inexpensive to make, as they don't require either eggs or milk, yet they taste delicious. Puff-puffs can be enjoyed as a snack or even as a meal. For breakfast, serve them with coffee, tea or choco drink. For lunch, serve them with soda or iced tea. Enjoy!

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 2 hours 45 min
Yields: 6 servings


  • 2 cups multi-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 scotch bonnet, blended
  • 1/4 nutmeg, shaved
  • water


  1. In a bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and warm water. Cover with foil paper for 3 to 5 minutes to proof the yeast. It should rise and look very creamy.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients (sugar, nutmeg and flour).
  3. Add the proofed yeast to the dry ingredients and mix.
  4. Add water to the mixed ingredients to make a batter (not too thick or too watery). Mix thoroughly until it is very smooth.
  5. Add the diced onions and pepper and fold it into the batter. Cover it with foil paper and allow it to rise for about 2 hours.
  6. Using your hand or a small ice-cream scoop, cut and mold small portions of the batter and drop them into a deep-fryer. Deep-fry till brown. Regulate the heat to avoid burning.
  7. Serve hot or cold.

Banana Variation

A tasty variation is the banana puff-puff. For this variation, fold mashed banana into the batter before you cover it with the foil paper and allow it to rise. The rest of the recipe is the same.

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Cut portions of the batter with your hand, and drop them into the deep-fryer.
Cut portions of the batter with your hand, and drop them into the deep-fryer.


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