R E C I P E S

COCONUT FLAVORED PUFF PUFFS.

Here in Kenya, we call them “Kaimati”, but I just like to go with the famous Nigerian “Puff puff” because it just sounds better. They literally look and feel like what they are called, so you better make it spongy enough when you decide to try.

See how “PUFFY” they look?

I really enjoyed making these. I guess something about handling dough and using yeast is just satisfying.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. All purpose flour (3 cups)
  2. Sugar (1 cup)
  3. Coconut cream powder (2 tbsp)
  4. Cinnamon powder (2 tsp)
  5. Salt (1/2 tsp)
  6. Yeast (4 tbsp)
  7. Coconut (2 tbsp)
  8. Water (2 cups)

METHOD:

  • In a bowl, thoroughly mix your ingredients starting with the wet, then lastly add your flour.
  • Keep kneading until it is evenly mixed into a lose consistency.
  • Cover and let it sit for 45 minutes. (The dough will doubled in size because of the yeast.)
  • Prepare the oil for deep frying by putting it on medium low heat. To test if it is ready, drop a pinch of the dough and watch to see if it starts to cook.
  • You can use a deep spoon to scoop some dough then drop it into the hot oil, or use your hand to pick it out and squeeze some of it through the spacing between your thumb and index finger. They will drop into the oil and form “ball like shapes”.
  • Fry until all sides are well cooked and brown in color.
  • Serve with some tea and enjoy!

SWEET POTATO CHIPS MASALA:

If you have had chips masala before, then you know how delicious and addictive they can get. Growing up, this was my favorite fast food, and I could not wait for Sunday so I could indulge (Sundays were our ‘eat out’ days). The regular chips masala is made using regular french fries, but in this recipe, I used baked sweet potato fries instead to make it less unhealthy hehe.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Sweet potatoes
  2. 2 diced tomatoes
  3. 1 chopped Onions
  4. Crushed garlic (1 tsp)
  5. Ginger paste (1 tsp)
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Tomato paste (1 tbsp)
  8. Chopped Cilantro (1 handful)
  9. Spices (1/2 tsp each): Paprika, Garlic powder, Mixed Spices and Garam masala.

METHOD:

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degF.
  • Cut up your potatoes into french fries, brush them with some vegetable oil and put them into the oven for about 15-20 minutes until they are soft. Make sure they do not get too soft or soggy because you will be frying them.
  • In a pan, fry the onions, ginger and garlic in some oil until they become soft and golden in color.
  • Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and keep frying until you have created an even paste. Feel free to add some water if it appears to be too thick.
  • Now add your salt and spices, cover the pan and let it simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Add in your fries and mix them in gently to avoid breaking them.
  • Once evenly mixed, cover and switch the fire off. Let it sit there for about 5 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with a cold glass of soda and enjoy!