Wednesday, 25 November 2020

5 Popular Nigerian Snacks You Need to Try | VEGAN

First with the exciting news that I created my very first online course! When I tell you that I've been toying with the idea of creating a course for eons, it's no joke. A mixture of procrastination and not fully knowing where to start (kinda...not really...I mean, everything is a Google search away, right?), I finally put my head down and set myself this exciting project, especially with the latest lockdown and having more time on my hands. 

The course features 5 Nigerian snack recipes that are all mouthwateringly delicious. Every single Nigerian (and those from neighbouring West African countries) will be totally familiar with them. In which case, the course is a great refresher and a chance for you to learn how to make these popular snacks at home from scratch, if you don't already know how. For non-Nigerians, the course is perfect for getting acquainted with our snack culture and dipping your toes into the wonderful world of Nigerian cuisine.

The great thing about the course, which I've chosen to host on Udemy, is that you can buy it for yourself OR as a gift for your loved ones. With the holidays just around the corner, it makes for a unique virtual Christmas gift for the foodies in your life. Beyond that, it's an excellent birthday gift for any season!

If you would like to explore or buy a spot on the course, you can do so by clicking HERE.

Now let's get on to listing the top five Nigerian snacks that YOU need to try. If these photos whet your appetite and make you drool even the tiniest bit, then you can take that as a sign that this course is for you ;)

1. Akara

Fried fritters made from brown beans or black-eyed beans. Variations can be found across West Africa and parts of Brazil (due to the slave trade) where it is known as acaraj√©. Akara is popular amongst the Yoruba tribe, eaten not only as a snack but as a breakfast served alongside ogi or eko. In the northern parts of Nigeria, it is known as kosai.


2. Chin Chin

A crunchy fried biscuit made from a lightly spiced dough that is cut into tiny squares or short batons. The vegan version in this booklet excludes the eggs, butter and milk that you would normally expect in the traditional recipe. The baked version also deviates from the deep-fried cooking method that is normally used.


3. Kuli-Kuli

A crunchy spiced peanut snack that is popular across West Africa. It is made by grinding roasted peanuts into a paste, mixing it with spices and stripping the excess oil from the paste. Stripping the oil guarantees that the kuli-kuli holds its shape and does not disintegrate when fried. It is excellent eaten alone but is often paired with soaked garri (cassava flakes and sugar soaked in cold water). Kuli-kuli can be ground and used for making suya spice which you can use to season grilled or roasted vegetables. 


4. Puff Puff

A fried doughnut that is made with a yeasted batter. The sweet, fluffy morsels can be made plain or seasoned with warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.


5. Yamarita

Also known as dun dun oniyeri among the Yoruba, this is a fried yam snack that is traditionally coated in an egg mixture. In this vegan version, non-dairy milk is used to create the spicy batter that will coat the yam pieces. The yam is often boiled first, guaranteeing a soft and fluffy interior to complement the crispy exterior.


I hope you enjoyed finding out a bit more about these snacks and that they make their way onto your dinner table soon! When you've completed the course, I'd love to hear your feedback so be sure to leave a review!

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