How to Make an African Round Puff-Puff without Using Hands

Round puff puff – For West Africans, and particularly Nigerians, round puff puff needs no introduction.

It’s a fast and simple recipe with a few low-cost ingredients, but don’t be fooled by its simplicity; it’s delicious. Few people are able to withstand their allure.

How to Make an African Round Puff-Puff
How to Make an African Round Puff-Puff

Perfect round puff puff recipe – Today, I’ve got a great recipe made with minimal ingredients – pepper and onions.

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My best approach is to make puff puff without touching it too much with my hands because I understand that some people don’t just like their food touching.

A round puff puff is a deep-fried dough. They’re made from yeast dough and deep-fried until golden brown. It has a doughnut-like feel, but it is a little chewier.

It is a widely consumed snack in many countries, though it is known by various names and prepared in a variety of ways.



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1¼ cups Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Yeast
  • 1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Cup Sugar + 1 teaspoon sugar for proofing the yeast
  • Enough Oil for deep frying
Detailed instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine half a cup of warm water, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and yeast. Cover and set aside before the yeast starts to bubble. About 4-6 minutes.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, and nutmeg) in a separate cup.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients with the proofed yeast and the remaining one cup water until the batter is lump-free.
  4. Cover the dough and set aside for an hour to rise. (The dough will have a distinct sweet scent when it has risen, indicating that it is ready for frying.)
  5. Preheat the oil in a pan deep and large enough to accommodate the balls to 360°F, then scoop a small amount of the dough mixture (about 1 tbsp. scoop) and drop the batter into the oil by spoonfuls.

Please Note >>> Creating perfect round puff-puffs is a skill that improves over time.

  1. Fry until golden brown on both sides. If you’re having trouble turning the puff puffs as they’re cooking, gently press down the balls with your frying spoon before turning them.
  2. Switch off the heat. Drain on a paper towel and eat while the food is either hot or warm.

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