Puff puff is one of the easiest of all Nigerian snacks, I posted an image of it on my Facebook page and learned that most people have different spelling for it.
The comments that trailed the image on my Facebook page spelt it in different ways and one guy even called it poopoofuu! /only him waka come/. 😀

Thanks to Maryam Kamba for telling us the Hausa name – Panke, We are going to learn how to make puff puff, I suppose it is the easiest of all Nigerian.
Puff Puff Nigeria Snack
I love kpuff kpuff too but not as well as little Onyi, She could eat a lorry load of them and end up smiling and playing around with oily lips. 😀

Here is how to make this delicious snack in Nigeria, It is quite easy to make. It is likely the easiest of all Nigerian snacks, same as chin chin. They could both be made in less than 60 minutes.

The Ingredients : Serving 4 persons

  • All-purpose flour (2.5 cups)
  • Salt (half teaspoon)
  • Granulated sugar (3-4 spoons)
  • Ground Seed of nutmeg (2 teaspoons)
  • About 2-3 liters of Vegetable/groundnut oil (for frying)
  • 2 Teaspoons of active yeast

Like most Nigerian foods, there are techniques you need to employ when making this snack, just to be sure you end up with the actual thing. 😀

Something as simple as yeast can mess up your puff puff if you don’t use it well, it happens with several other Nigerian foods. Just follow the instructions completely and you would end up with something really nice. Then you pull out your phone, take a snap and send it to me.

Yeast should be stored in an air tight container, it goes bad when exposed to atmospheric air and thus serves no purpose whatsoever.

Start by washing your hands properly and wipe with a kitchen towel.

Add two and half cups of flour to a bowl, (about 200g), two teaspoons of yeast, add the ground nutmeg, add a pinch of salt to taste, 3 spoons of granulated sugar and start stirring with your hand and make sure they are properly mixed together. Now add 150-200ml of warm water to mix properly, stir with your hand for few more minutes until they are properly integrated together.
puff puff ingredients

puff puff making
Remeber that the standard measuring cup is 250ml, the equivalent is that peak tin milk cup that most market women use for measuring 30 naira garri.

You can taste at this point and add more salt and sugar if there is any need for a little more; then go ahead and stir a little more.

Add enough water so you can actually scoop some in your palm; but not too much water to the point that it would run off through your fingers when scooped, you will learn more about this from the video that is coming soon. Once it is properly mixed together, you will need to tightly cover the mixture in the bowl with either a foil, tray or nylon for about thirty minutes. This gives the yeast the chance to do its assignment.

When you open the covering, it would have risen a little, if it is very foamy, you probably used lots of yeast and your puff puff would have holes in them, but that is not very bad, No holes at all is bad actually.

Set a cooking pot on the fire, I don’t think frying pan would work, except you have really deep frying pan. Allow the pot to dry before adding about 2-3litres of oil. make sure the oil is at least 2-3inch deep, it is not right for the puff puff to rest at the bottom of the pot, it would give it a somewhat flat shape, and people would actually think you made pancake 😀

Once the oil is heated, scoop some in your palm and squeeze into the oil, allowing it to escape through the circle made by your thumb and and index finger. Don’t bother about making it so big, what you drop into the oil will triple in size before it comes out of the oil.
deep frying puff

When you get it right, it should be somewhat spherical and sometimes with a horn. It should float if the oil is properly heated; Continue until the oil is covered. Observe and turn once you see that usual color of puff puff.
You have to be mindful of the heat also, the oil when heated too much could burn the puff puff before it is properly cooked and when it is not heated at all your puff puff gets soaked in too much oil.

Actually, when you drop the bartar into the oil, it may sink first, then rise to the surface.


Repeat until you have fried all the bartar. Now that is how to make puff puff. Pull out your phone, take a snap and send it to me, enjoy with your favorite soft drink. Then send some to your neighbors, friends, family, etc.

The video for making puff puff will be out soon, pls subscribe to my free monthly newsletter if you have not don so already.


  1. Mk  September 25, 2014

    Wow thank you chi darling I see my name. In addition to the ingredients you can nono (the is use to make fura da nana ie cow milk) that is a bit sour to get it more tastier.

    • Chy Anegbu  September 27, 2014

      MK, Thanks for your input. It’s nice having you around.

  2. Chika  September 27, 2014

    Thanks, I have always wanted to make puff puff but haven’t gotten around it yet. Thanks for the recipes, I will be trying it and when I am done, I will send you the image. Chika

  3. chituru  September 29, 2014

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I can’t wait to try it. I love to eat puff puff and so does my daughter. How can I preserve it if I need to make it to be eaten for few days.

    • Chy Anegbu  September 30, 2014

      I don’t think there is a way to preserve puff puff, but it can last up to 48 hours on its own. thanks

  4. Chimmy  September 29, 2014

    Thanks Chi,you are really doing a great work here. I like eating puff puff ,Thanks for the recipe, I will try to make it.

  5. Daphne  September 29, 2014

    Thanks for the expo Chi. Do u knw I thought milk is an ingredient for puff puff?

    • Chy Anegbu  September 30, 2014

      Sure, you can also add a little milk as suggested by Maryam.

  6. Ujunwa  September 29, 2014

    Hmmmmmmmmmm Chy I love that, I will make it on 1st of Oct.

  7. Lizzy  September 29, 2014

    Hi Chy,
    Thank you for the recipes, particularly the one on puff puff. I will certainly send photos. I am
    enjoying also the book The Ultimate Nigerian Cookbook.

    Well done!

  8. amaka  September 29, 2014

    will try dat soon,thx

  9. TaGra-Cee  September 29, 2014

    wowo is sweet in our county we call it mandasi kikikiki

  10. ekwy akabogu  September 30, 2014

    Thanks so very much, I saw will try it over the weekend!


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