Easiest Nigerian Puff Puff Recipe

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Easiest Nigerian Puff Puff to make

If making the classic Nigerian Puff Puff is still a huge challenge for you, try it using the recipe detailed on this page.
Easiest Nigerian Puff Puff Recipe [Video]
Peppered Puff Puff


For about 20 balls of Puff Puff, the size in the photo above, you will need:

  • 200g (1½ cups) pizza flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar (or to your taste)
  • 3 pinches of salt
  • 1⅛ cup warm water
  • Vegetable Oil (for frying)

Notes on the ingredients:

  1. Pizza flour is perfect for Nigerian Puff Puff because it already contains yeast. Most brands contain the right amount of yeast. So if you can buy pizza flour where you live, use it.
  2. Because the pizza flour already contains yeast, there is no yeast in the list of ingredients.


  1. Sift the pizza flour into a clean dry bowl, add the nutmeg, sugar and salt. Mix well.
  2. Add warm water and mix till everything is well combined.
  3. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil or plastic film and place in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes or till double in size.
  4. Pour some oil in a deep pot and allow to heat up. The oil should be at least 3 inches deep. This is to give room for the puff puffs to swim in the oil. It's not advisable to use a deep fryer for Puff Puff because of the netting but if you want to use it, set the temperature to 170°C.
  5. Test that the oil is hot enough by putting a drop of batter into the oil. If it sizzles and comes up to the surface of the oil, then the oil is hot enough. If the oil is not hot enough, the batter will go down to the bottom of the oil and stay there.
  6. When the oil is hot enough, scoop some batter into the oil with an ice cream scoop. See video below.
  7. Put in more scoops of the batter, as much as the space in the frying pot will allow without overcrowding.
  8. Reduce the heat to medium.
  9. Once the underside of the puff puff has turned golden brown, flip the ball so that the topside will be fried as well.
  10. When the puff puff balls are golden all over, take them out and place in a sieve lined with paper towels.

Serve warm with a chilled drink or Nigerian Style Fruit Salad. Feel free to top it up with jam and other condiments you normally eat doughnuts with.