Nigerian puff-puff

Nigerian puff puff is a dough, deep-fried and presented with a spicy sauce. A real West-African delicacy! Similar to South-African “vetkoek”, this dough is quite stiff and you will be able to shape it by hand and make perfect little balls. It is sweeter though than any other I have tasted.

We’ve created this tutorial on video a while back for ATA studios. See our video here. It is on the channel, How to Cook.

Nigerian puff puff

Preparation time: 2 Hours

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Servings: 24


375ml Lukewarm water

40g Fresh yeast (dissolved into the water) / 3 tsp Instant dry yeast

500g All purpose Flour

125g Sugar

1 tsp of salt

400ml Sunflower oil for deep frying


1. In a mixing bowl, add the lukewarm water and yeast together. Allow it to stand for 5 minutes.

2. Sift the flour over the water, then add the sugar and salt last.

3. Mix well by hand until a firm ball forms. Cover with a clean cloth and allow to proof (rise) for 2 hours.

4. Add the sunflower oil to a medium size saucepan and preheat to 165°C (325°F).

5. Shape small size balls by hand, add to the oil and turn occasionally.

6. Remove from the heat and present with a spicy sauce.

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