Puff Puff 

Copyright: Nicola Kagoro

Nigerian Puff Puffs, a beloved West African treat, are deep-fried sweet dough balls with a hint of spice. This easy-to-make snack is popular at gatherings and is sure to delight your taste buds.

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


Servings: 1
  • 2 cups
    All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 cup
    Warm water
  • 1/2 tsp
    Nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)
  • Oil for frying
  • 1
    Scotch bonnet pepper  minced
  • Onion minced 
  • 1 pinch


  1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water and let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.

  2. Combine the flour, sugar, nutmeg (if using), and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl.

  3. Add the yeast mixture gradually to the dry ingredients while stirring. Mix until you have a smooth, thick batter. It should be thicker than pancake batter but not too stiff.

  4. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and leave it warm to rise for about 1-2 hours or until the batter doubles. This step is crucial for puff puff to be light and fluffy.

  5. Heat enough oil for deep frying over medium heat. You want the oil to be around 350°F (175°C) in a deep pot or frying pan.

  6. Add the minced scotch bonnet pepper and the onion.

  7. Scoop up some batter and gently drop it into the hot oil. You can make small or medium-sized puff puffs, depending on your preference using a spoon or your hand.

  8. Fry the Puff puffs until golden brown, turning them occasionally to ensure even cooking. This usually takes about 2-4 minutes per batch.

  9. Remove the Puff puffs from the oil using a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.

  10. Allow them to cool slightly before serving. Nigerian Puff puffs are best enjoyed while they are still warm.

  11. Serve your puff puffs as a snack or dessert, and enjoy!


Exercise caution when working with hot oil, and keep an eye on the Puff puffs while frying. Always prioritize safety in the kitchen. Enjoy your delightful homemade puff puffs!




Courses: Nigerian Snacks
Cuisines: Nigerian, World
Keywords: African Doughnuts, Deep-fried Sweet Dough, Nigerian Puff Puffs
Special diets: Nut-free, Peanut-free, Soya-free
Difficulty: Level 1 (easy)
Cooking time: 45-60 minutes
Number ingredients: 5-10 ingredients
Taste: Savory, Spicy, Sweet
Preparation method: Frying
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge