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How to make the Nigerian Puff puff

Spicy Puff Puff Recipe

Puff Puff is iconic of most West African countries and it is named differently in different parts of each of these countries. For example, in Ghana, it's called Bofrot. There is a similar recipe in East and South Africa called Mandazi (fried dough). In French Beignet, in Italy Zeppole just to mention a few.
Course Snacks
Cuisine African
Keyword easy, homemade
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Calories 202kcal
Author Lola Osinkolu


  • 2 Cups all-purpose Flour
  • 1 to 1-1/4 Cup Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Yeast
  • 1 Teaspoon Nutmeg optional
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Onion Blended/Grated
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Enough Oil for Deep Frying


  • Blend or grate the Onion and set aside
  • Add all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, mix together and set aside.
  • Add the blended Onion and begin to add the water a little at a time while mixing the batter.
  • Once the batter is smooth and lump free, cover it up with a plastic wrap or a tight lid and leave it to rise.
  • After 45 minutes to 1 hour, the batter would have doubled or almost tripled in size.
  • Preheat the Oil to 350°F and scoop a little bit of dough just like the size of a Table Tennis ball. (You can make it bigger or smaller if you wish) and drop inside the oil.
  • Fry both sides until golden brown - If you are finding it hard to turn the puff puff while frying you can just press down the balls a little bit before turning it.
  • Serve hot or warm with your favorite drink. Enjoy!



Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 2mg