Thursday 18 January 2024

Nigerian Buns - Easy Egg Free Recipe

Nigerian Buns are the go-to snack for anyone craving something sweet, simple, and satisfying. These little fried dough balls are like puff puff’s crunchier cousins. They have this amazing crispy outside and a soft, dense middle that’s just right for a quick snack fix. 

Made with everyday ingredients like flour, sugar and a bit of baking powder, Nigerian Buns are then fried until they turn a lovely golden brown. They’re a common sight at parties and street food stalls, often with a sprinkle of nutmeg or a dash of vanilla to give them that extra bit of flavour. 

Whether you’re hanging out with friends or need something to munch on the go, these buns are a taste of Nigerian comfort food that's hard to resist. Give them a try, and you’ll see why they're a snack-time favourite for so many!

Discover more delicious recipes in my cookbook Vegan Nigerian Kitchen


(Makes 15)

2 cups self-raising flour (or mix 2 cups plain flour with 2 level teaspoons baking powder)

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons caster sugar

1 and 1/4 cups plant-based milk (such as soya milk)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

2 cups sunflower oil for deep-frying


1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar and milk until you have a thick, sticky batter.


2. Heat the sunflower oil in a small, deep frying pan or saucepan until it starts to sizzle. Use one tablespoon to scoop the batter and another tablespoon to push/drop the batter into the oil. You can fry multiple buns at a time but be careful not to overcrowd the pan. 


3. Fry the buns for a few minutes on medium-high heat until they are golden brown all over. They will float to the top of the oil and you may need to move them around to brown evenly. 


4. Use a slotted spoon to take them out of the oil and drain on a plate lined with kitchen paper or napkins. Serve warm or cold. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. 

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