Chewy and pillowy soft Puff puff

How to make Puff Puff

Chewy and pillowy soft, puff puff is a staple Nigerian fried dough. It is actually between a dough and a batter. I am yet to see a child or even an adult for that matter who doesn’t like puff puff or pass up on it.  It has all the right elements of fried dough that are so appealing, yeasty, soft, sugary and fried, what’s not to love.

A song we used to sing as kids go Kulikuli makes children ***, puff puff gives them energy. This is because it is cheap and readily available, so no matter what, a child could easily get puff puff on the street or in the school shop. Mothers bought it as a gift for the children when returning from an outing.

Though we ate our puff puff behind my mother’s back, I remember the only one she used to buy for us was at the church bazaar. We so looked forward to those balls of pure delight. They fried them small enough for you to pop into your mouth, airy enough to squash up but with enough dough to fill your mouth and be satisfied. It wasn’t oily it was just perfect. No matter how many she bought, we always wanted more. I fry puff puff so regularly in my home.

Chewy and pillowy soft Puff puff

Don’t overproof it or it will lose most of its air and when fried will surely soak up oil. There are variations to what flavours to use. This recipe is, as usual, a basic one. You can play with your spicing and add-ons to suit your taste and satisfy your sense of adventure e.g you can add overripe banana, vanilla essence, cocoa for chocolate puff puff, finely chopped onions etc.

To make Nigerian Puff Puff

2 1/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1∕2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 1/4 cups warm water
Vegetable oil for deep-frying
Sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Mix flour, yeast, nutmeg, sugar, salt, and chilli powder in a bowl. Add water gradually and beat vigorously till the batter has a sticky consistency.


Continue beating for a short while longer till it becomes very elastic. This is important to work up the gluten in the flour for the right texture of puff puff.


Cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel and put in a warm place away from draught, till dough doubles in size, about 30 minutes to one hour depending on how warm the kitchen is.

Put oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot enough, about 180°C.

Beat the batter lightly.

Oil your hand and scoop 1 to 2 tablespoons of batter into the oil, you can use an ice-cream scoop or tablespoon.


Fry until golden brown all over.


Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with sugar.


Enjoy your Puff puff with any of these refreshing drinks, beetroot juice, afterglow mocktail, mango lassi, zobo (sorrel), or tea, coffee etc.

If you enjoyed my Puff puff, you will also enjoy my Plantain Mosa, Ojojo water yam fritters, Hushpuppies and Nigerian fish roll.

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  2. Alliea Hamoud

    How many grams of flour to a cup did u use for the eggroll?

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  5. Do you have any gluten free recipe. As in using cornflour or something like that?

  6. Love this recipe! I will try it out! Sounds so delicious and easy to make.

  7. This looks so good and easy to make! Have to try it out 🙂

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