Monday 18 February 2013

Puff Puff | Easy Vegan Nigerian Snack

Puff puff is a deep fried Nigerian snack. Crunchy on the outside, pillow-soft on the inside. As if it couldn't get any better, it's also very easy to make. I like it as an occasional treat and it's also great to serve at parties. Kids and adults alike will love it!

(serves 6)
- 1 cup plain white flour (or whole-wheat flour)
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tsp dry yeast
- 4 tbsp unrefined brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
- 2-3 cups vegetable oil 
Add all the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix well. 

Add the water to form a sticky, stretchy batter. Cover the bowl with a clean napkin and leave in a warm area to rise for 1 hour. 

After an hour, the batter should be bubbly and double in size. Mix well to knock out some of the air.

Heat the oil in a deep fryer or large frying pan. To test the temperature, add a spoonful of the mixture. Once it turns golden brown, the oil is hot enough.

Start adding spoonfuls of the batter to the oil and avoid overcrowding the fryer/pan. The traditional way is actually to use your hands to scoop the mixture in, forming round ball shapes. Give it a go! It took me a while to master the technique and my first few attempts looked more like disfigured ping-pong balls than anything else, but I got there in the end.

Once the puff puff is golden brown on all sides, drain on some kitchen paper.