Nigerian Puff Puff Recipe


Puff pudd, bofloat, recipe, easy, round
Puff puff  (called bofrot in Ghana) is a popular West African street snack made from simple ingredients,. Flour, sugar and yeast is combined to make a dough which is then deep fried.  This snack is loved by adult and kids alike. You may elevate it by adding your own twist from spices like ginger and pepper to dark chocolate; sky is really the limit.
This is my tested and tried puff puff batter recipe, it works all the time. Most homecooks know that it can be somewhat tricky to get it right, here are a few things that might lead to issues:

Wrong yeast:

Make sure you get quick rise yeast. Regular yeast works also but it takes about 2-3 hours to properly activate.

Chewy Puff Puff:

I have discovered that this is a result of leaving the it for too long before frying. Puff puff should never rest for more than  60 minutes when you use quick rise yeast. If you set the batter in a warm place, it should only take about 45 minutes to rise.
 

Update:

we made a video recipe!
Nigerian Puff Puff Recipe

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Serves: 14

This recipe makes 20-24 medium size puff puffs
Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour (375 grams)
  • 4 teaspoons quick rise yeast
  • ⅔ - 1 cup sugar (133 -201 grams)
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • Frying oil
Directions
  1. In a mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the dry ingredients. Slowly add in water while mixing. Stop as soon as water is incorporated and batter is smooth. (Batter should be thick and smooth with a couple of bubbles )
  2. Cover the mixture with a table cloth. Set aside in a warm place for 45-60 minutes
  3. Set a large pot on medium heat, add in the oil and heat until hot.
  4. Scoop enough mix with your hand and drop the ball in oil. Repeat until pan of oil is full.Fry until golden brown on all sides.
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Nigerian Puff-Puff


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  1. juliet May 25, 2017 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Thank you so much. For the first time I got it right through your recipe

  2. Priscilla March 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Hi please what’s the name of the yeast you use

  3. Chidinma February 25, 2017 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Hi Ronke: this recipe is next on my to-do list. I always get wonderful results with the instructions you provide. How many cups of oil do you use to deep fry the puff puff? I am trying to watch my caloric intake and want to use the least amount of oil possible. Thanks in advance for your help!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 28, 2017 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Hi!! Unfortunately it doesn’t matter how much oil you use, that will not change the absorption rate. Just understand that puffpuff should be treated as occasional treats if you are trying to lose weight. If you want to avoid deep frying all together you can try this version I have here

  4. Tari January 31, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Measurements in the video does not match the measurement in the page. Now I’m confused. Sigh

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 4, 2017 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      I have since updated the recipe since we made the video. Please stick to the written recipe.

  5. Nkem January 2, 2017 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Can i add more sugar after the batter has risen? Like when i fry the first batch and not enough sugar, how do i fix the future batches?

  6. Agbeke. November 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    This is the best recipe. I love it. I just made my own puff puff and it came out very nice! Thanks 9jafoods.

  7. Victoria October 29, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Hi Ronke…pls how many calories are in these healthy puff puff sticks if I use this same recipe?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 29, 2016 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      Sorry I dont provide caloric information for my website recipes. You can use free calorie counting app like myfitnesspal to estimate the calories though.

  8. Annie's View October 16, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    ️Fabulously yummy💋

  9. Tessa October 12, 2016 at 6:21 am - Reply

    I meant does that translate to…….

  10. Tessa October 12, 2016 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Hi Ronke when u say 3 cups of flour ford that translate to 1 cup= 250 ml? I’m trying to get my head around the measurements which is key to getting this right. Thanks

  11. Rosie September 24, 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    BEST RECIPE EVER!! This is a hit in our house, abd I love to add little coconut flakes to my puff puff

  12. shefactor July 28, 2016 at 4:18 am - Reply

    I’ve tried your recipe and it was so easy to follow and delicious. Thanks. However I have three questions;1) how did yours come out so round 2)will rising time be same when recipe is multipled? 3) can a mixer be used for large quantity?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 28, 2016 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      Great.
      1) It takes a little practice. I have a video showing the technique on my youtube channel.
      2) It will most likely take a little more time
      3) No

  13. UGO July 25, 2016 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Delicious! First try and came out nice. Thanks once again for another treat in my household.

  14. Ibrahim Ali July 19, 2016 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    For flavoring can i use cake flavoring ?

  15. mfon June 16, 2016 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Should the puff puff be deep fried

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 17, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      This particular version, yes.

      • Idong July 17, 2016 at 5:28 am - Reply

        If I add tartaric acid plus baking powder would that work in the absence of yeast

        • 9jafoodie
          9jafoodie July 20, 2016 at 8:40 pm - Reply

          I don’t know to be honest, that sounds very “sciency”

  16. Becky May 27, 2016 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    How can I preserve my puffpuff.

  17. folake April 30, 2016 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Hi, I just made this. Tasted awesome, but they were a bit crunchy. The insides were fluffy though. What do you think I did wrong?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 30, 2016 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Crunchy? could be the yeast. Did the puffpuff rise?

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  19. folake March 28, 2016 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Hello, I think I added too much water while mixing my pufpuf, it came out watery, is der anything I can do to it please?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 28, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      mix a different batch of flour, sugar and yeast. gently add it into the watery mix until you have a reasonably consist mix.

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  21. Noma March 15, 2016 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Hi, please I tried your puff puff recipe and it came out flat and it’s quite watery when I put it in the oil. What could be wrong?

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  24. MJ March 8, 2016 at 8:27 am - Reply

    How do you keep them from becoming squishy and slimy the next day?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 10, 2016 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      refrigerate them and warm in the oven the next day.

  25. MJ March 8, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

    I’ve made them before but the next morning they are squishy and slimy looking. How do I store them so they are still fresh the next day?

  26. Sylvie March 1, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    It’s me again! @9jafoodie . So determined to get this right, I watched your video(which I probably shoulda done before whining. ?). Anyhoo, from it, I guessed I kept it over an hour and added just a dash too much water. So I redid it and yes! They came out gorgeous and fluffy as well as very yummy! As usual, Na you Biko!???

  27. Sylvie March 1, 2016 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Hi 9ja Foodie. I tried this and I found them quite oily,too porous and some were flatish. ?. I followed the recipe exactly. What do you think went wrong please ???

  28. Rachael February 24, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Jst made mine with this recipe now but with wholewheat flour and it came out perfect…wish i can upload d pics ☺Thk u!!!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 25, 2016 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      awwww awesome! you can share photos with us via instagram if you are on there.

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  30. olasubomi February 1, 2016 at 4:32 am - Reply

    My batter looks so thick,can I add water 2 it?pls reply asap

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 1, 2016 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      The batter isn’t suppose to be watery

  31. Toks January 24, 2016 at 3:49 am - Reply

    Hiya, I followed your instruction to letter, awesome round golden brown result! However, please can you advise on how to avoid puff being oily, really don’t want to squeeze to expunge the oil. Many thanks,

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 24, 2016 at 10:49 am - Reply

      Hello Toks, oil absorption is completely a temperature game. if you are able to keep the temperature of the oil constant, the puff puff will absorb little to no oil.

  32. Amina January 18, 2016 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Will it work if I use honey instead of sugar

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 18, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Unfortunately I have never tried honey.

  33. Andrea Obiakpani December 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    I am loving your recipes- I am an Australian woman with a Nigerian husband and he is loving me making your recipes!
    I am going to make puff puff on xmas day for him- What type of oil is best to use for frying? Vegetable oil?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 22, 2015 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      Awww this is awesome Andrea, I am glad. Canola oil or any mild vegetable oil.

  34. funmi December 1, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Good job Ronke. This page has helped me out too.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 2, 2015 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      That’s good to hear, thanks for the feedback.

  35. Chibuzo November 22, 2015 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Please what quantity of yeast will I use for a paint bucket of flour?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 22, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      paint bucket? can you check what the size of the bucket is? it should be written underneath

      • Chibuzo November 23, 2015 at 4:00 am - Reply

        Good day. It has 4 litres written on it. But if that cannot help can we use kilograms. 1kg of flour will need what quantity of yeast? Thank you so much for your cooperation.

        • 9jafoodie
          9jafoodie November 28, 2015 at 3:20 pm - Reply

          The recipe detailed here used 375grams of flour

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  37. adelade July 12, 2015 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    you can add milk and eggs if u like i always do and it comes out nice

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  40. Vivian June 25, 2015 at 9:35 am - Reply

    please were can I get the quick yeast rise in Abuja.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 29, 2015 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      I am not certain. Maybe check the baking isle of your local supermarket?

    • aadenar2 October 16, 2015 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      you can use regular yeast…but proof it before using it.

  41. Chronicles of a Bionic Woman June 7, 2015 at 12:15 am - Reply

    Sooooo…an avid user of your site as there isn’t really anyone to teach me home dishes in London…i finally had the courage to try your puff puff recipe! Although it did rise when dropped in the pan of oil, prior to that the batter seems to have a weird smell and lots bubbles. Is that the yeast and is that normal? Also it didn’t seem to have much inside when u bit into the puff puff. I’m thinking I did some things wrong – 1) I left the batter overnight 2) I used an electric hand mixer when I noticed clumps during the step to add water to the dry ingredients 3) maybe the water wasn’t warm enough?

    Help… 🙂

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 10, 2015 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      HI HI! 1) overnight is wayyyyyyyyyy too long for puff puff batter. 45 minutes is all you need with quick rise yeast and about 3 hours with regular yeast. 2) a mixer will overwork the batter. Use your hands or a whisk- the batter should be thick with a couple of bubbles at the top.

  42. Monica May 14, 2015 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Hi Ronke… The only type of yeast available here is ROYAL INSTANT DRY YEAST.. Can I use it? Nd how do I use it.. Thanks

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 14, 2015 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      You can use that but it will take about 3 hours for the mixture to rise

  43. zulayhat May 13, 2015 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this post..was very helpful

  44. Ross May 8, 2015 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Can you make me half a box of puff puff?

  45. Glory May 2, 2015 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Great job dear, is there another way of scooping to fry, i suck at using my hand. Thank you

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 5, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      you could try using an icecream scoop if you can find one or any spoon that is a little deeper.

  46. Onyinyechi Nathaniel May 2, 2015 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Hi Ronke love dis site. Pls can I add pepper n onion to dis recipe?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 2, 2015 at 9:39 am - Reply

      You sure can. Spicy puff puff is everything!

  47. Qee May 1, 2015 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Hello just recently came across your page on IG. and you are amazinnng.. Thank you.
    i make puff puff alot but i somehow always leave it in d sun to rise, or near a hot oven or some kind of heat. Is that necessary? Thank you

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  49. uchechi April 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    iwas wondering the same thing

  50. rosy April 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Can I add butter in puff-puff

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 12, 2015 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      I dont see why not but what purpose will the butter serve?

      • OmoJesu December 6, 2015 at 7:39 pm - Reply

        I seldom use butter, just a little. It gives me he crust some crunch which I personally love

        • 9jafoodie
          9jafoodie December 7, 2015 at 8:40 pm - Reply

          That’s definitely something to try. I will let you know how it turns out.

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  52. Chic lady December 17, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Hi, please I want to make 200 pieces of puff puff…., how many cups of flower will i use to achieve that……, and also how many spoon of yeast or satchet will be good for that size…. Thanks

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      The recipe makes 8 medium size puff puff. Simply multiply for what you need.

  53. Joe December 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Can I mix baking powder n yeast

  54. Joe December 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Nice one

  55. Alexandra November 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for this recipe. How much quantity do I need if am making 100 pieces

    • Alexandra November 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      How much quantity do I need if am making 100 pieces. Thanx

  56. ame November 8, 2014 at 3:32 am - Reply

    So I tried to make it but wen I drop into d oil..it just flattens out..what could possibly be the problem?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      Either your yeast wasn’t active or you left the batter for too long.

  57. ame November 7, 2014 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Pls for the one cup of water…wat size of cup?

  58. vivian November 7, 2014 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Love this will try it

  59. Abby October 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    I would like to try your puffpuff recipe tommorow Ronke 🙂 do u know how many puffpuffs this measurement can make?

  60. vanessa October 25, 2014 at 1:36 am - Reply

    please what is the measurement for one mudu..asin one mudu is how many grams??

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 27, 2014 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      unfortunately mudu is not a standard unit of measure…

  61. uzor October 7, 2014 at 11:16 am - Reply

    I added like 11 cubes of sugar is it too much ?

  62. Tola September 23, 2014 at 7:17 am - Reply

    9jafoodie!!!my puff puff came out awesome!How can I send the pictures

  63. funmilol September 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    do keep up d gud work.Talkng about measurement,how many tbs of yeast do I need for 1 congo of flour?

  64. kakra September 1, 2014 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Hello,
    I have instant dry yeast and I figure I do not need to mix it with water when I have to make puff puff. I just add directly to the flour. Do correct me if I’m wrong.
    Thumbs up to you.

  65. Aderoju Israel August 30, 2014 at 4:28 am - Reply

    what quantity of puff puff does your recipe make .

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 30, 2014 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      Completely dependent on how small or big you make the puff puff. 6-12

  66. uche August 17, 2014 at 11:06 am - Reply

    I will like to know the kind of buns or puff that is best fried at night and eaten the next day.

  67. jessica August 13, 2014 at 9:43 am - Reply

    I have to commend your work! My hubby now sees me as superwoman,thanks to you. My puff puff is never stretchy like the ones served at parties.what am I doing wrong??

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the compliment. The stretch is usually a factor of the yeast used.

    • Mk May 3, 2015 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      I really appreciate ur doing.

  68. dangana June 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    2c flour
    2tsp yeast
    1/2 tsp salt
    4tbsp sugar

  69. bukola May 24, 2014 at 9:24 am - Reply

    I just did and its so nice. thanks Ronke

  70. Angel May 19, 2014 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Can u leave d batter over night before frying?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 4, 2014 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      I have never tried that.

    • phatyma April 3, 2016 at 2:50 am - Reply

      My mix was watery too, i tested with one piece and it came out so flat and oily. My instincts told me to add some more flour and that did the magic. the end results were round, fluffy and not oily.

  71. teewhy May 3, 2014 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Can butter be added to it? If no, what is the implication of adding butter and egg

  72. Issey March 29, 2014 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    thanks.just tried this recipe.tasted nice however I need advice on how to eliminate d air gaps in d puff puff and the nutmeg had a grainy feel in d puff puff. is there any con in leaving d batter for over an hour? Thank you very much.I enjoy trying out your Nigerian recipes

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      you can do that by making the batter thicker

  73. Anonymous March 26, 2014 at 6:15 am - Reply

    Shouldn’t there be some salt in this recipe ?

    • x April 8, 2014 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Yeah. I believe a little salt brings out the sugar.

  74. Biola October 4, 2013 at 9:59 am - Reply

    How long does yeast that is opened last, before it become impotent or inactive?
    By the way, let me appreciate what you’re doing. Keep the good work going dear.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 5, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Thanks dear….. I am not sure of how to answer your question. Yeast activity is greatly reduced when it is exposed to air, moisture, and/or warmth so it depends on how you have stored it.

  75. Anonymous September 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Each time I make puff puff……..it does not rise… …I dont know wat im doing wrong……pls can u help

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 14, 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

      make sure your yeast says quick rise yeast

  76. Anonymous August 30, 2013 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Comment…Wonderful keep it up

  77. Anonymous August 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Comment..GREAT THATS LOVELY

  78. Rukky August 2, 2013 at 3:24 am - Reply

    Please what’s the approx amount off puff puff this recipe can make? I want to make 1/2 mudu worth I don’t know what size of yeast I’ll need. Thanks

  79. Anonymous July 29, 2013 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Glad i got this recipe i shall try it out this weekend, thanks

  80. Anonymous June 26, 2013 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Comment…. Much thanks to dis site, i want to prepare a wonderful puff puff for my ustadh graduation dis weekend. I hope it will be good as i wish but why cant i add milk and egg pls?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      hello… puff puff does not require milk or egg

  81. Ekemini June 18, 2013 at 6:16 am - Reply

    After frying de puff puff it was having one taste. Although it was sugary nd D̶̲̥̅̊ɑ̣̣̝̇̇†̥ ws ♏a̶̲̥̅ first time

  82. Anonymous May 28, 2013 at 2:35 am - Reply

    This page is now,please how can i add water?

  83. Abimbola May 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Am on its practice now!I will b glad if I can

  84. Juliet April 17, 2013 at 9:28 am - Reply

    This is cool

  85. judith March 25, 2013 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Pls can I make my puff puff with milk?

  86. Anonymous March 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    can i mix the flour for puff puff with hand or wooden spoon

  87. Robertha March 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Oh I am so glad I found you. My sister is the queen of Puff puff and she always does shakara now with you help I can make my own puff puff with good instructions… Thank you !!!! oooh I am in love with this site I don’t even know what to make first… LOL

  88. Shade March 4, 2013 at 4:44 am - Reply

    very nice, please what’s the quantity of water

    • Robertha March 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      I cup of luke warm water ( tap water but not boiling hot)

  89. mrs omeiza February 19, 2013 at 6:49 am - Reply

    Pls can the puff puff stay for two days

  90. dupe February 10, 2013 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Pls can u put egg in d mix?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 10, 2013 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      No, you don’t need egg.

    • gbenoru sumonu July 8, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Adding an egg will change the consistency – it becomes more cakey. Some people like it better that way.

  91. Name (required) February 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Hi…av got flour baking powder eggs nutmeg milk sugar vanila flavour. Apart from pancakes whatelse could I make with these…thank you. (:

  92. Name (required) January 28, 2013 at 11:27 am - Reply

    hello, Please can I use baking powder instead of quick rise yeast please

  93. Tee December 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    How do you know the quick rise yeast? and what if you can’t get it? Will normal yeast work?

  94. Tee December 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    Thank you for the recipe. I just want to know if the nutmeg is compulsory and what it does to the recipe.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      it’s just for flavoring, you don’t have to add it.

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