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Recipe Friday: How To Make Nigerian Puff Puff


Hello Mamalettes, we are kicking off a new section in our website which is called Recipe Friday. Are you as excited as I am about this new section, we would feature different recipes you can easily try out in your house, we would even feature recipes you can make with the assistance of your kids as a bonding and fun experience.

In honor of our first feature Recipe Friday we are going to be teaching on how to make Puff Puff. Puff puff is one of the most common and loved snack in Nigeria. Puff puff is made at virtually every street corner but why not try this recipe out at home with the assistance of your kids. The good part of this snack is that it is very easy to make and you don’t need too much ingredients to make the snack.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Plain Flour
  • 2 teaspoons of yeast (the one used in baking bread)
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg or cinnamon
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (or to your taste)
  • 3 pinches of salt
  • 1 tsp of ground pepper (Optional)
  • 1 cup of Lukewarm water (for mixing)
  • Vegetable Oil (for frying)

Note that if your yeast is the type that looks like tiny pebbles or is like paste, mix it with lukewarm water and set aside. you will add it later when you have added water to the Puff Puff mix. If your yeast is in powder form, then add it when you add the other dry ingredients to the flour


Recipe

  • Put the flour in a bowl, add the ground nutmeg, ground pepper, sugar and salt. Mix all these together.
  • Add the yeast you mixed with lukewarm water. To get lukewarm water boil water on fire then leave to cool down, check the temperature of the water by testing on the back of your palm, if it burns it is too hot the temperature at which you could barely feel the heat or coldness of the water. In other words, you’d look for the temperature to pretty much match the temperature of your own skin.
  • Add the water and yeast mixture in small quantities and mix everything by hand till you have a good blend of all the ingredients. Keep mixing till the batter is smooth but not too watery to flow from a spoon.
  • Cover the bowl with aluminum foil or a clean kitchen napkin and make sure it is airtight then put in a warm corner like your kitchen cabinet, microwave or oven
  • Leave to rise for about 1 hour. The Puff Puff batter should have risen in quantity and will have some air bubbles. If it doesn’t rise at this point that means your yeast is bad.
    Puff puff batter after it has risen Source: 9jaFoodie
  • Pour some oil in a deep pot and allow to heat up. It’s not advisable to use a deep fryer for Puff Puff because of the netting    

Note: The oil should be at least 3 inches deep. This is so that the puff puff   will become spherical when scooped into the oil. You don’t want to end up with flat Pancakes

  • Test that the oil is hot enough by putting a drop of batter into the oil. If it sizzles and comes up to the surface of the oil, then the oil is hot enough. If the oil is not hot enough, the batter will go down to the bottom of the oil and stay there.
  • When the oil is hot enough, scoop some batter into the oil with your hand by pressing the batter to come out from between your thumb and index finger.
  • Put in more scoops of the batter, as much as the space in the frying pot will allow without overcrowding.
  • Once the underside of the puff puff has turned golden brown, flip the ball so that the topside will be fried as well.
  • When both sides are golden brown, take out the puff puff balls and place in a sieve. If you want to reduce the oil on your Puff Puff as much as possible, then line your sieve with paper towels. The paper towels help soak away the excess oil on the puff puff.

Now your puff puff is ready to serve. We hope you and your kids enjoyed making this snack. We would love to get your feedback

This recipe originally appeared on All Nigerian Recipe

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What Can We Do To End Child Labor in Nigeria?


UNICEF defines Child labor is work that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children and deprives them of opportunities for schooling and development. According to the International Labour Organization, the number of working children under the age of 14 in Nigeria is estimated at 15 million. These jobs include being street vendors, beggars, car washers or watchers and shoe shiners. Others work as apprentice mechanics, hairdressers and bus conductors while a large number work as domestic servants and farm hands.

Major causes of child labor are widespread poverty, rapid urbanization, breakdown in extended family affiliations, secondary school drop out rates, and lack of enforcement of legal instruments meant to protect children.

Although the main cause of child labor is Poverty, illiteracy also plays a role in Child labor. There are a lot of mothers on Lagos road that are seen begging with their children that are supposed to be in school. In the northern part there are a lot of cases of underage children being given up for marriage.


While some find themselves working because they become the breadwinner in their family either due to the death of their parents or illnesses beyond their control.  In Nigeria the people that are most affected by child labor are girls.

Just last month  16 children were rescued in the state from the various places where they were being used as laborers instead of their being in school in Ekiti State. Recently a 16-year old orphan nearly lost her life following a heavy bleeding consequent upon an incomplete abortion sponsored by her benefactor  where she was working as his house maid.

Just last month also a pregnant mother of two reportedly beat her eight year old house help until the girl died. You would wonder what can an eight year old child that probably can’t even take care of herself do in terms of housework? There are so many more stories that we have not even heard of.

The devastating part to child labor is the fact that it has long lasting effects on the children. Most of this children because they did not get to have adequate education end up as illiterates and drop outs doing odd jobs with no stable income. While most of the girls end up as prostitutes or teenage mothers due to the exposure that they experience everyday, the boys end up as street urchins terrorizing and causing havoc all over the place.

The effect of child labor does not only affect the child, it affects the society in general.  It is already hard enough in the country for people who had access to education not to talk of those without adequate education.

It would shock you to know that in Nigeria there are already laws laid down to protect children called the Child Rights Act that states that:

Buying, selling, hiring or otherwise dealing in children for purpose of begging, hawking, prostitution or for unlawful immoral purposes are made punishable by long terms of imprisonment. Other offences considered grave include sexual abuse, general exploitation which is prejudicial to the welfare of the child, recruitment into the armed forces and the importation /exposure of children to harmful publications. It further preserves the continued application of all criminal law provisions securing the protection of the child whether born or unborn.

The Act mandates parents, guardians, institutions and authorities in whose care children are placed, to provide the necessary guidance, education and training to enable the children live up to these responsibilities.

The Child Right Act (CRA) considers a child as a person below the age of 18 years (SECTION 21 of the CRA). It also states that a child’s best interest should be of utmost priority in any case involving a child (section 1 of the CRA 2003).

Even with the law already laid down it is a wonder that child labor is still very rampant in Nigeria infact you can’t step out of your house in the morning without seeing a child begging or hawking on the road while their counterparts are in school. The question we then have to ask ourselves as a community is what can we do to help and how can we stop child labor in Nigeria?

The first step to putting an end to Child Labor is for us to realize that it is not just up to one person, we are all responsible for putting an end to it. Although we have laws prohibiting child labor in Nigeria, child labor is still on the increase because there is no enforcement and defaulters are not made to face the wrath of the law.

 

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