How to Make Fanke Recipe The Hausa Way

Updated: Jul 3, 2022
By Fatima Sani
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Fanke recipe, commonly known in English as Puff Puff, is a snack consumed by all regardless of tribe, ethnicity, or financial status. Most people love it. Its major ingredient is wheat flour or semovita. The procedure for making Fanke with any major ingredients is the same.

Let’s get started!

Equipment Needed

Frying pan
Sieve container
Frying spoon


3 cups of wheat flour or semovita
1 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of yeast
A pinch of salt
Vegetable oil
Vanilla flavor
½ tablespoon of baking powder
2 cups of warm water

Procedure for Making Fanke

STEP 1: Sieve the wheat flour or semovita into a clean bowl to remove tiny stones.

STEP 2: Add the sugar, yeast, salt, flavor, and baking powder to the sieved flour.

STEP 3: Add warm water and mix them until you have a smooth batter that is not too hard or thick.

STEP 4: Cover the bowl keep it in a warm place and allow it to rise for about 40 minutes. The yeast makes it possible to rise.

STEP 5: Over medium heat, put a clean pot, pour the vegetable oil and a few slices of onions, and allow to fry for 2 minutes.

STEP 6: Deep your hand into clean water and start moulding the batter in form of balls and dropping it into the hot oil on the fire. Repeat this process until all the batter is exhausted.

STEP 7: Fry until they turn golden brown.

STEP 8: Get a clean frying spoon to get the fried Fanke (Puff Puff) into a sieve container.

STEP 9: Pour the fried pieces onto a clean bucket or container and allow them to cool.

STEP 10: Ta-Da! Your Fanke is ready for consumption.

How to Serve Fanke

You can eat it while it is hot (that’s why I prefer to take it) or you could allow it to cool first before taking it. It is served with any drink of your choice, drinks like Kunun Gyada, Zobo, Kunun Tsamiya, Kunun Zaki, and the like.

Occasions to Serve Fanke Rice Best

It can be made as a snack to celebrate ceremonies like weddings and naming ceremonies or for festive periods.

It could also be consumed as breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

How to Store Fanke

It can last up to 3 days when stored in a cool, dry place and a few more days when refrigerated. However, it is not advisable to refrigerate because you can never get its actual taste when you decide to eat it, even of course, after warming or microwaving.

Nutritional Value of Fanke

Because of wheat flour, it is frequently thought of as primarily an energy source (carbohydrate). It also contains considerable levels of other key nutrients including proteins, fiber, and minor components like lipids, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, all of which can help you eat healthier.


This recipe is easy to make as not much hard work is needed to prepare it. Try making it at home for yourself or your family, and tells us about your experience in the comments section below.

Note that when mixing the mixtures, ensure it is not too hard because that will make molding with one’s hand very difficult, and the frying too will take much time.

You are always welcome to Northpad Nigeria for more local Northern Nigerian delicacies.

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