Nigerian Puff Puff is that spongy, deep-fried, spherical snack that originated from Nigeria. It is soft and springs back to touch, you know, like when you pinch a foam sponge.
For about 25 balls of Puff Puff, the size in the photo above, you will need:
2 cups (250g) of Plain Flour
2 teaspoons of yeast (the one used in baking bread)
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup granulated sugar (or to your taste)
3 pinches of salt
Lukewarm water (for mixing)
Vegetable Oil (for frying)
Put the flour in a bowl, add the ground nutmeg, powdered yeast, sugar and salt. Mix all these together.
Add water in small quantities and mix everything by hand till you have a good blend of all the ingredients. Add the yeast you mixed with lukewarn water if applicable. Use warm water to mix the puff puff ingredients if you want it to rise faster.
Keep mixing till the batter is smooth but not too watery to flow from a spoon. The mix should be much thicker than pancake batter (see video below).
Cover the bowl with aluminum foil and make sure it is airtight by pressing the edges of the bowl (see video).
Leave to rise for about 45 minutes. When OK to fry, the Puff Puff batter should have risen in quantity and will have some air bubbles.
Pour some oil in a deep pot and allow to heat up. 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.
Considering the ingredients in puff puff, it is a snack or meal that one should not consume a lot of or consume regularly. Puff puffs are;
- High in calories.
- High in carbohydrates and sugars.
- Low in proteins.
- Low in fiber.
- Made with white flour which has gluten.
- Deficient in other beneficial nutrients like minerals, vitamins and other health promoting phytonutrients.
If you are planning a healthy diet, puff puff should be minimal or absent for the reasons above. Sometimes people skips meals and eat snacks including puff puff together with sugary drinks. It is not advisable to indulge in this pattern of eating regularly because it is not so health.