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Coconut Puff-puff( Deep fried coconut dough)

Coconut Puff-Puff (Deep fried coconut dough) - a twist on the popular West African fried dough with the addition of coconut milk and coconut flakes.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine African
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 22 - 25 balls
Calories 155kcal
Author Imma


  • 1 cups warm water
  • 2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast or 0.25 oz. 1 packet
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4- 1/2 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 4-1/2 cup flour
  • Oil for deep frying


  • In a large bowl add the warm water, coconut milk, salt, sugar, and yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes
  • Then add flour and mix with a wooden spoon or hands preferably, followed by coconut flakes. Mix well until flour and coconut flakes have been fully incorporated.
  • Set the mixture in a warm area and let it rise and double in size -approximately 1- 2 hours
  • In a large, sauce pan pour vegetable oil , until it is at least 3 inches (or about 5 centimeters) high (too little will result in flatter balls), and place on medium heat until oil is 375 degrees.
  • The dough is going to be sticky so use your hands to grab a little bit of mixture at time and drop in the oil or use a spoon to spoon up the batter, and another spoon or spatula to drop it in the oil, sort of in the shape of a ball. Do not overcrowd the pan. Do so in batch
  • Fry for a few minutes until the bottom side is golden brown.
  • Turn the ball over and fry for a few more minutes until the other side is golden brown.
  • Use a large spoon or something like that to take it out of the oil. I usually place them on napkins right away to soak up some of the excess oil.
  • If desired, you can roll the finished product in table sugar or powdered sugar to make it sweeter


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1.4mg