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Alternative namesBoflot, kala, mikate, togbei
Coursesnack, breakfast
Place of originSub-Saharan Africa
Main ingredientsFlour, yeast, sugar, salt, butter, water, eggs, vegetable oil
VariationsEggs and butter are optional

Puff-puff, as it is called in Nigeria, is a traditional African snack made of fried dough. Other names for the food include buffloaf (or boflot) in Ghana,"Botokoin" in Togo, ‘gato’ in Guinea,and MALI,bofloto in the Ivory Coast, mikate in Congo, micate or bolinho in Angola, Anglophone in Cameroon, legemat in Sudan, kala in Liberia, Vetkoek / Amagwinya/Magwinya in South Africa and Zimbabwe. The prominence of this delicacy stretches even to the southern and Eastern edges of Africa, where it is mostly known as mandazi.[1]

Puff-puffs are made of dough containing flour, yeast, sugar, butter, salt, water and eggs (which are optional), and deep fried in vegetable oil to a golden brown color. Baking powder can be used in place of yeast, but yeast is more common.[2] After frying, puff puffs can be rolled in sugar. Like the French beignet and the Italian zeppole, puff-puffs can be rolled in any spice or flavoring such as cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. This form a fusion style of cooking puff-puffs served with a fruit dip such as strawberry or raspberry. Puff puff can be eaten plain, or with any other addition. For instance, Cameroonians enjoy puff puffs with beans, coffee, and other beverages for breakfast.

See also


  1. ^ "Nigerian Food Recipes TV| Nigerian Food blog, Nigerian Cuisine, Nigerian Food TV, African Food Blog: Nigerian Puff Puff Recipe : How to make Puff puff". Nigerianfoodtv.com. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  2. ^ "How To Make Puff Puff". Zikoko!. 2021-07-24. Retrieved 2021-09-13.

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