The last time my mom came to Lagos she made puff-puff and I got a lot of requests to film a recipe. Now on my trip to Warri I whipped out the camera and begged mummy to make puff-puff. It was so delicious and she had her own signature recipe that includes ....pepper and onions! This gives it a different flavour from the puff-puff you get anywhere. I think this is why my dad is happier on days when he eats puff-puff. Fun fact: this ceramic bowl below is older than I am! My mom won it in a school competition when she was a teenager and imagine...we still have it!

1 cup of warm water
1 Egg (Optional)
Ata Rodo/Blended dry Pepper
2¼-teaspoon dry yeast 
¼ cup sugar
1 medium Onion Bulb (Optional)
Pinch of salt
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon Nutmeg/Cinnamon 
Vegetable Oil 
1 cup of warm water

  • Add flour, salt, sugar, nutmeg, yeast, dry pepper and flour in a bowl, mix together. This is the type of yeast that you can add directly to your flour without proofing in warm water.
  • Add your egg (egg makes your pancakes fluffier but it's optional). Mix it in the flour while gradually adding warm water. 
  • Place the mixture in a warm place i.e your warm oven or warm microwave. Keep it there to rise for about and 1 hour 30 minutes. It will double in size. If it doesn't it means something is wrong with your yeast. 
  • Pour vegetable oil in a deep pan and place on medium heat. Add the bulb of Onion now to test how hot the oil is. It gives a nice flavour but optional too.
  • Now scoop the mixture with your fingers and transfer to the plan of oil (See video to see how this is done). Getting perfect round puff-puffs is an art...LOL. I'm not quite there yet. 
  • Fry batch by batch so that you don't overcrowd the pan. Flip it when it gets brown, until it is a nice golden brown. 
  • Transfer from the pan to another bowl to drain the oil!


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  1. How ironic is it that I came across this post while at a party eating puff puff.

    Lady G

  2. Lovely, I'll try this out next weekend

  3. No matter what I did in the past, my puff puff came out funny, I'll try this. I reside in warri o, give me her address n d next time she's making this, lemme pay a visit, hehehe

  4. Puff puff with pepper and onions?hmmmm am sure gonna try this #sisiyemmieblogaddict#

  5. Thanks for sharing Sisiyemmie, I will surely give the puff puff a try. Thumbs up to your mum too.

  6. Mums, they are famous for always keeping things for years. Lol.
    I tried my hands on Puff-puff recently and ended up making sth that looked like cake but as heavy as a cement. It just sank into the bottom of the pot. I had to hide the disgrace so my husband wouldn't see it and laugh. This your recipe seems easier to follow. Will try it out

  7. That is so so fantastic and yummy. Am already salivating here. I will definitely keep

  8. Hmm I love puff puff I will Mummy's recipe and let you know the outcome. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Sure trying this out soonnnnnnn.... thks sisi

  10. I love puff puff especially with the one with pepper and onions. so so yummy can't even resist the aroma. Back in school, I bought them every single day- Hot puff puff and Cold drink or yoghurt. But now, I need to watch my
    Would definitely try this recipe sometime

  11. Oh Sisi Yemmie o, oolala. I just followed this recipe and i got the best puff puff ever. Wow i just need to watch my weight oo

  12. Sisi Yemi in fact I find puff puff a challenge n my daughter always asks for it! I followed ur recipie n in fact am so chuffed I got it right! Oshe gan! My daughters liked their lips๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿพ

  13. Oh sisi yemmie! You make cooking a delight. I watch all your videos on youtube and I absolutely love your style. I've tried most of your recipes and they always turn out great. Am definitely going to try this puf-puf. Xoxo

  14. Yummy, Yummy!, you make cooking look like a child play! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Will give it a try for sure. :)

  15. Thanks for this recipe. Making puff puff and a bit rusty cos it's a while. i just googled sisi yemmie + puff puff= voila. Thanks.


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