Puff Puff – Nigerian Doughnut Snack

Every Nigerian party has featured these adorable rolls. To be honest I don’t think you can call puff puff a roll, its more like a bite sized doughnut. Personally every time I think of puff puff I can almost hear the owambe (party) music and smell that party rice. (doing a mini dance as i’m writing this). What I have realized however, with puff puff is that it doesn’t have to be type cast to the small chops basket on your table. It’s amazing all by itself or however you choose to dress it up.



4 cups Flour

1 tsp nutmeg (optional)

5 Tablespoons Sugar (You may add more if you like)

A pinch of salt to taste

1/2 teaspoon dry pepper (optional)

1.5 Tablespoons Yeast

2 cups of Warm water – or add more till the mix is a paste


Mix the Yeast with warm water and leave for 5 minutes to stand.

Mix all ingredients together and add the yeast and mix well into a smooth paste.

Cover with damp tea towel and allow to prove or double in size beat well again. This usually takes an hour depending on the type of yeast you have.

Deep Fry in hot vegetable oil in small balls until golden brown

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Nigerian puff puff recipe


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16 thoughts on “Puff Puff – Nigerian Doughnut Snack

    1. I have used eggs and milk in mine before but i also make mine with just these ingredients. Works both ways.

    1. Thanks for the tip. Sometimes I also heat up the oven just to be warm enough and place the bowl in there with the oven door open and the oven off. But the hot water bit would work as well.

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