Growing up as a child in Nigeria, my parents would buy me different types of snacks. These snacks were always tasty. Anytime I had any money, I would spend it on these snacks. They were so delicious. Just a taste of it would make you craving for more. As I grew older, I developed a passion for cooking and baking. I wanted to learn how to make these yummy snacks and I enrolled in a baking class. I finally learned how to make them and now, I can just walk into the kitchen and prepare anyone which I like. Although, these snacks are not so healthy so you shouldn't eat them every time. Probably once in a while.
In this article, I present to you the 5 most common Nigerian snacks and how to prepare them.
This is one of the most popular snacks you can ever find in Nigeria. Puff-puff is actually one of my favorite snacks. Back then when I was in school, I would use my lunch money to buy about 5 pieces of puff-puff. They were so big and were sold for ten nairas each. Puff-puff is best eaten when hot. Although, some people also enjoy it when it is cold. Puff-puff is one of the easiest and cheapest snacks to prepare. It is made up of basic ingredients like flour, sugar, and yeast. It is deep-fried.
Nutmeg - 1/2 teaspoon
Instant Yeast - 1/2 teaspoon
Milk flavor - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Groundnut oil for frying
How to prepare the Puff-Puff:
Measure all your dry ingredients and place them in a bowl. These include your flour, sugar, nutmeg, salt, and milk flavour. Sieve your dry ingredients using a sieve. Mix using your hand or a spatula. When all the dry ingredients are fully combined, add some lukewarm water until you obtain the right consistency. It should be noted that the expected outcome should not be too thick or too watery batter. Mix well until the batter is smooth.
After mixing, cover the puff-puff batter with a piece of cloth and keep it in a warm place for about 30 minutes. This is to allow the batter to rise. This is achieved by the presence of the yeast. After the batter has doubled in size, it's time to start frying. Get your deep hollow frying pan and add a generous amount of groundnut oil.
Remember that puff-puff is meant to be deep-fried. Heat the oil for a while and then start adding the batter using a scoop or your hands to give it a rounded shape. Flip the sides while frying. Endeavor to fry at medium heat. Place in a sieve after frying so that the oil can be drained. Serve and enjoy!
2. Meat Pie Dough:
This is made by adding some fillings to a dough and then baking it. It's also one of my favorite snacks. Below is the recipe:
Recipe For The Dough:
1. Flour- 500g
2. Butter- 200g
3. Pinch of salt
Method of preparing the dough:
Measure your flour and your butter. Add your salt to the flour and mix. Incorporate your butter into the flour by making crumbs. Add some cold water, mix then knead. Place in a bowl, cover with a clean piece of cloth and leave in a cool place for 20-30 minutes.
Recipe for the Meat Pie:
Some Irish potatoes
Salt - a pinch
Pepper -1 teaspoon
Flour - 1 tablespoon
Groundnut oil- 1 tablespoon
How to make the Meat Pie Dough:
Peel your Irish potatoes and wash. Dice into cubes, boil, and drain the water. Get a frying pan, add some groundnut oil, some sliced onions, and some curry. Stir as it fries. Add the minced meat, some seasoning, pepper, and some salt. Thereafter, add the Irish potatoes and the carrots. Add some flour and water and stir. The purpose of the flour is to make the fillings uniform.
After preparing the fillings, use a meat pie cutter to cut out some dough, add some fillings, seal with egg white and then bake in an oven. You can also brush the surface of the meat pie with some egg white to give a luster appearance.
This is one of the easiest snacks to prepare. It's usually crunchy, hard or soft, and tasty depending on your choice. It's deep-fried.
Baking powder - 1/2 tablespoon
Nutmeg - 1 teaspoon
Salt- a pinch
Milk powder - 1 tablespoon
How to prepare the Chin-Chin:
Sieve your flour, sugar, and baking powder into a bowl. Add the butter and mix lightly. Add a pinch of salt, nutmeg, and mix. Add your egg, some water, and mix. Cover and keep for 20 minutes. Roll and cut into shapes of your choice. Fry in deep oil at a very low temperature until golden brown.
Salt- a pinch
Milk flavour- 1 teaspoon
Nutmeg - 1 teaspoon
Baking powder- 1 teaspoon
Water - 1/3 cups
How to prepare the Egg-Roll:
Sieve all your dry ingredients into a bowl and add your butter. Make crumbs using butter. Add water and make a not too thick batter. Divide the dough into equal portions. Take a portion and spread with your hands or a rolling pin. Add an egg and cover. Deep fry and serve!
5. Plantain chips:
This is one of the easiest snacks to make. Plantain chips could be made with unripe or ripe plantains depending on your choice. Simply slice your plantain into thin slices, add some salt, sugar, and pepper, and then deep fry at low temperature.
Which of these snacks is your favorite? Don't forget to share this write-up with your friends.