Everyone loves to try different types of snacks. If you live in Nigeria or are thinking of traveling down here, you should learn more about the most delicious and common local meals.
There are various snacks loved in different countries around the world. For example, Nigerians prefer making deep-fried meals, baked and roasted snacks. Most of the local recipes are very delicious and nutritious.
If you would like to cook something Nigerian, you can learn how to make snacks from our guide.
Below is a list of some of the most popular snacks to make at home.
1- Puff Puff
Among many Nigerian snacks, puff puff is extremely popular and well known even outside the country. There is a classic version and different extras for people who like sweet, spicy food, etc.
Flour – 1.5 cups
Yeast – 2 teaspoon
Nutmeg (ground) – 0.5 teaspoon
Sugar – 0.25 cup or more (how you like it)
Salt – a pinch
Oil (vegetable or olive) – from 1 to 3 cups (sometimes less, sometimes more)
Water – 1 cup of warm water
-Take a deep bowl and put in your flour along with sugar, salt, nutmeg, and yeast inside. Stir everything into a smooth mixture.
Slowly pour in the warm water and keep stirring.
-Leave your dough for about an hour. You are advised to cover the bowl with foil and set aside in a warm place.
(You will know the dough is ready when it doubles in size).
-Now your puff puff is ready to be fried.
So take a frying pan and add oil. There should be enough oil to fry your snacks. Turn on the fire on the stove and heat the oil.
-Make small round balls from the dough and put them to ‘swim’ in the oil. Your snack is ready when each puff puff turns into pretty golden-brown color.
-Make sure you flip the balls around to fry each side.
NB; Put your puff puff balls on paper towel to remove excess oil before eating.
2. Meat pie
For the Dough :
7 cups of flour
2 tbs sugar
Half tbsof salt
1 tbs of baking powder
Half tbs of nut meg
3 sticks of very cold butter
3 Eggs (add 1 more for glazing)
For the filling:
600gram of ground beef
2cups of chopped potatoes
2 cups of chopped carrots
Half cup of chopped onions and 3-4 garlic
2 tbs of knorr or maggie
2 tbs of salt
Half tbs of black pepper and thyme
2 tbs of flour
2 tbs of olive oil
2 cups of water
For the crust ;
-Put your 500grams of all purpose flour into a bowl, add salt and baking powder mix, add and rub in your butter.
– Beat egg yolk and add to the mixture and mix.
-Add about 150ml of water.
-knead into a ball, cover with a plastic wrap and set aside.
For the filling:
-Heat up a sauce pan and add your olive oil or groundnut oil.
-Add the meat, cook for 10minutes, stir at intervals.
-Add ginger, garlic, coriander, thyme, rosemary, salt, stock cube.
-Add some chilli pepper
-Mix and add 150ml of water, bring to a boil.
-Add chopped potatoes, steam for 5minutes.
-Add carrots, spring onion and green pepper.
-Mix 2tbs of flour with 200ml of water, Pour in the mixture to your sauce pan (this serves as a sauce binder)
-Cook for a minute and turn off the heat
– Sprinkle some flour on your kneading surface, cut some dough, roll and cut in circle.
– Rub some water around the edges, this helps the dough to stick together when closed.
– Place some sauce on the shaped doughs, close and press with a fork.
– Beat your egg white and using a pastry brush to give the pie a wash.
– Bake in the oven for 45minutes at 200 degrees.
– All done, now place on a rack to cool.
3. Chin Chin
As we have already mentioned, Nigerians are in love with deeply fried snacks. Chin chin is a bright example of such, and it is simple to make, checkout these simple steps.
Flour – 8 cup
Evaporated milk – 3 cup
Sugar (granulated) – 0.5 cup
Butter or margarine – 250 grams
Ground nutmeg – 2 teaspoon
Egg – 2 pieces
Olive or vegetable oil – a lot to fry chin chin
Warm Water – 1cup
-Get a deep bowl and put the flour inside. Add nutmeg plus sugar and start mixing.
-Put in the pieces of margarine/butter (cut it in pieces) and rub into the flour.
-Break eggs into the mixture and keep stirring.
-Pour in the milk and keep mixing to make the dough. Set the bowl aside for 10-15 minutes.
-Put the dough on the flat surface and cut into chin chin pieces.
-Take a deep pan and add you groundnut oil. (Since the chin chin will be covered with oil, you will need enough of it).
-Turn on the heat and wait till oil gets hot.
-Place future chin chins into the oil and cook them until they turn a pretty brown color. To avoid the pieces sticking to each other, stir with a spoon once in a while.
Place ready chin chin onto a paper towel to remove excess oil.
4. Pancakes with coconut twist
If you prefer snacks along with a diet, take a look at the coconut pancake recipe.
Eggs – 3 pieces
Coconut flour – 3 tablespoon
Condensed milk – 5 tablespoon
Powdered Sugar– 2 teaspoon
Coconut oil – 1 teaspoon
Salt – a little bit (how you like it)
Vegetable or olive oil – a little bit
-Take a bowl and pour some coconut oil inside.
-Separate egg white from yolk in eggs and add the whites into the bowl with oil. Also, add sugar and mix.
-Add your coconut flour , add a little salt and milk. Keep stirring the mixture.
-The batter for your pancakes is ready.
Put your frying pan on the stove (use low heat) and add some oil to keep the pancake from burning.
-Pour the batter using a deep spoon onto the pan and fry each pancake one by one (both sides).
5. Beef Jerky
This is a cool snack for people who love spicy food. It is known as Kilishi in Nigeria’s North and you can also prepare it at home.
Beef (extremely thin of 3 millimeters, without fat) – 10 pieces
Suya pepper – 1 tablespoon
Garlic – 3 cloves from one bulb
Kanafuru clove – 1 teaspoon
Ginger – 1 piece
Stock cube – 1 piece
Cayenne pepper (seed) – 1 teaspoon
Salt – to your taste
-Grind the kanafuru clove and peel the garlic to get three cloves. Also, grind the ginger into a nice paste-like mixture. Place all these ingredients in a bowl.
-Add the stock cube (crush it beforehand) and pour in a little bit of water, mix them well.
-Add pepper and spice to your stir and put away for a while.
-Make sure your beef pieces are thin and have no fat. Preheat your oven, you should use high temperature and take a baking tray. Place the beef stripes on the tray covered with the baking sheet and salt them to your taste.
-Bake your beef for 14-18 minutes, but remember to flip all the pieces over several times. This way they will dry evenly and quicker.
-Take the tray out of the oven and brush all the beef pieces with your Kilichi mixture (on both sides) and put back into the oven for another 15 minutes.
6. Plantain chips;
It only takes 3 ingredients to make this snack and its pretty simple.
-Wash plantains. Peel them and slice into very thin circles.
-Place all the slices into water to maintain its yellow color. Add a little bit of salt.
-Drain the whole water. Your plantain slices should be dried.
-Add your oil into a deep pan and preheat. -Place plantain slices into the hot oil and fry like this (both sides) until they turn yellow.
Remove extra oil from your chips with the help of paper towels and enjoy the delicious snack.
You can store your plantain chips in containers and eat between meals
7. Coconut candies
If you’re a fan of desserts, then this is a most try.
Coconut – 1
Water – half cup
Powdered sugar – 200g
-Break your coconut. Make sure it is fresh.
-Collect all the juice into a separate bowl.
-Scoop all the coconut meat away from the shell and grate it into small pieces.
-Add sugar to the bowl with coconut juice and mix. Add the fruit ‘meat’ pieces as well and keep stirring everything together.
Pour the water to slightly cover all the coconut meat.
-Stir your ingredients.
-Place everything you have in the bowl into a deep pot. Cover it and place on the stove at high temperature.
Your ingredients will boil, and you should stir them and then lower down the heat. Let the contents cook until you see the pieces of coconut meat turn light-brown color and the water evaporates.
Now put the pot away from the stove, scoop out them out, place on a plate and let your candy cool down.
8. Chicken Wings with mango
Chicken wings – 12-15 pieces
Mango – one piece
Onion powder – 2 teaspoon
Thyme – 1 teaspoon
Black pepper – 0.5 teaspoon
Salt – to your taste
Chicken cube – 3 pieces
Ketchup – 1 teaspoon
Habanero pepper – 1 piece
-Take a bowl and blend your thyme, cubes, onion powder (or pieces, if you prefer using a fresh onion) and black pepper. You should get a powder-like mixture.
-Make sure all the chicken wings are clean from feathers. Wash them.
-Put chicken wings into the bowl and cover with all the ingredients you have blended in the first step, stir the mixture and cover with foil. Put away into a cold place (or refrigerator) for 60 minutes. To marinate.
-Preheat oven and put all the wings onto a baking tray. Place the tray into the oven at medium heat for half an hour.
-While your chicken wings are cooking, you can wash mango, peel it and cut into small fruit pieces. You need to also remove seeds from habanero pepper and cut it into small pieces as well.
-Blend the mixture of mango and pepper and salt them.
-Rub your new mixture over the wings that are in the oven and let it cook for another 5 minutes. Now rub even more mixture over them and bake for another 10 minutes.
Here you go. Your mango chicken wings are ready to be served.