How to Make Puff Puff with Pepper


Puff puff is a popular Nigerian snack that is widely enjoyed by people of all ages. It is a deep-fried dough that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. While it can be enjoyed on its own, it is also commonly served with a variety of toppings, including pepper. In this article, we will walk you through how to make puff puff with pepper, so you can enjoy this delicious snack at home.


To make it with pepper, you will need the following ingredients:

For the Puff Puff:

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water

For the Pepper Mix:

  • 2-3 Scotch Bonnet peppers (depending on your spice tolerance)
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste


You will need the following equipment to make puff puff with pepper:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Deep-frying pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Paper towels


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Step 1: Prepare the Pepper Mix

  1. Wash the Scotch Bonnet peppers and remove the stems.
  2. Peel and chop the onion.
  3. In a blender or food processor, blend the peppers and onion together until smooth.
  4. Heat up the vegetable oil in a saucepan and add the blended pepper and onion mixture.
  5. Cook the pepper mix on medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated, and the mixture has thickened.
  6. Add salt to taste, and set aside to cool.

Step 2: Prepare the Puff-Puff Batter

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, active dry yeast, salt, and granulated sugar.
  2. Gradually add the warm water to the mixture, stirring continuously until a smooth batter forms.
  3. Cover the mixing bowl with a clean towel and set aside in a warm place for 1-2 hours to allow the batter to rise.

Step 3: Fry the Puff-Puff

  1. Heat up enough vegetable oil in a deep-frying pot on medium heat.
  2. Use a slotted spoon to scoop up some batter and drop it into the hot oil.
  3. Repeat the process until the pot is full, but not overcrowded.
  4. Fry it for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  5. Use a slotted spoon to remove the it from the oil and drain on paper towels.
  6. Repeat the frying process until all the batter is used up.

Step 4: Add the Pepper Mix to the Puff Puff

  1. In a clean mixing bowl, add the cooled pepper mix.
  2. Add the fried puff puff to the bowl and toss until the it is fully coated in the pepper mix.
  3. Serve and enjoy.

Tips and Tricks

  • Be careful not to overcrowd the pot when frying it, as this can cause the temperature of the oil to drop and make the puff-puff oily and soggy.
  • If the batter is too thick, add a little bit of warm water to loosen it up.
  • To make the puff it extra fluffy, add a little bit of baking powder to the batter.


Making it with pepper is a simple and delicious way to enjoy this popular Nigerian snack. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can make fluffy and crispy puff-puff with a spicy kick of pepper. Remember to be careful when frying the it and not to overcrowd the pot. With a little bit of practice, you can perfect the art of making puff-puff with pepper and impress your family and friends with your culinary skills.


  1. Can I use a different type of pepper instead of Scotch Bonnet? Yes, you can use any type of pepper that you prefer, but keep in mind that the spice level may vary.
  2. How long can I store leftover puff puff with pepper? It is best enjoyed fresh, but you can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
  3. Can I make the pepper mix ahead of time? Yes, you can make the pepper mix ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  4. Can I bake the puff puff instead of frying it? While it is traditionally deep-fried, you can try baking it in the oven at 375°F for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Can I make puff puff without yeast? Yes, you can make it without yeast by using baking powder instead. Simply replace the yeast with 2 teaspoons of baking powder in the recipe, and follow the same instructions.

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