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Puff Puff

Puff Puff
Course Snack
Cuisine African, Vegan
Keyword deep fried dough balls, puff puff
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 246kcal


  • 50 g (0.3 cup) sugar
  • 420 ml (1.75 cups) warm water
  • 2.5 tsp fast action active dry yeast
  • 350 g (3 cups) flour
  • 0.75 tsp nutmeg
  • 0.75 tsp salt
  • Oil for deep frying


Puff Puff

  • Mix together 1.5 cups warm water and sugar in a large bowl, add in the yeast and leave for 5 mins to activate the yeast.
  • Then add the flour, nutmeg and salt and mix into a smooth batter. If the bather is too thick then add in a 2 tbsp of water.
  • Cover the puff puff batter and leave in a warm place for at least 1 hour until it has doubled in size.
  • Add oil into a frying pan till it is between 3-5 inches deep. Any shallower will mean that your puff puff will end up flat, rather than round.
  • Heat the oil and test. If you add in some puff puff batter and it sinks, then the oil is not ready. If the batter floats to the top then you are good to go.
  • Drop balls of batter into the mixture, making sure not to over crowd the pot.
  • Fry until the bottom of the puff puffs are golden brown, then turn them round and fry the top side till golden brown too.
  • Remove Puff Puff from the oil, drain on kitchen paper, keep somewhere warm and repeat till the rest to the batter is cooked.
  • You can now sprinkle on some icing sugar or nutmeg / cinnamon flavoured icing sugar on the deep fried dough balls before serving.


African Puff Puff Tips

  • This recipe needs yeast. Just be sure that the yeast you use is fast action yeast, which is the kind that people use to make bread.
  • Make sure you use lukewarm water to activate the yeast, not hot water which will kill it.
  • You have to let your batter rise and double in size, which is what makes them light and spongy. Trust me, you want to wait that little bit extra.
The prep time does not include the time to go spongy.

What To Serve With Puff Puff

Coconut Caramel Sauce.
Instant Pot Iced Tea.

More African Recipes

Cassava Leaves.
African Pepper Soup.


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 6g | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 2.7mg