How to Make Nigerian Puff Puff

“Puff Puff” is one of the most common snacks on the Nigerian streets. Unlike other confectioneries, you don’t need any special occasion to grab one of these delicious ‘puffy balls’ and sink your teeth on the go. Wondering how you can make one at home? Then try following the instructions below.

how to make nigerian puff puff

How to make Nigerian puff puff: Ingredients

  • 500g of flour
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Warm water
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Yeast

How to make Nigerian puff puff: Instructions

  1. Pour the flour into a deep and wide bowl.
  2. Add in half teaspoon of nutmeg, yeast and sugar, salt and lukewarm water.
  3. Start to mix till you get a really smooth component, (if it’s too dry, add the lukewarm water/ if it’s too wet, add flour) you can use an electric whisk to save time and energy.
  4. Cover the component with foil paper and make it air tight. Place it somewhere like an oven which is NOT on for around an hour.
  5. After an hour, the mixture would have risen and it means it’s ready to be fried.
  6. Pour your cooking oil into a deep pot and when it’s hot, scoop in small portions of the mixture into the vegetable oil.
  7. Fry till it gradually turns golden brown. (Note: the mixture is supposed to fry at the top of the pot. If it hits the bottom and stays down, it means the oil is too hot.)
  8. Flip to fry on every side and once it’s all looking golden brown. Pick it out and place in a sieve to help you remove the excess oil.
  9. After draining out the excess oil, your puff puff balls are ready for consumption.


  • The procedures are the same for either personal consumption or party/event.
  • You might decide to add a little bit of chilli pepper during the mix to give the puff puff balls a little bit of spicy taste, although one must be extremely careful in attempting this particular one so one doesn’t spoil the whole taste with chillies.
  • Pressing the hot balls to squeeze out the oil can deform the balls and is somewhat unnecessary as the oil will sieve out itself when the puff puff balls are still in their hot state.

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