Despite having a somewhat obscure name, Nigerian small chops are nothing more than finger food. Small chops are super popular at all kinds of events, from dinner parties and child birthday celebrations to wedding receptions.
Today there are dozens of types of small chops, and new ones appear regularly. There are dishes that you already know and love like puff puffs and sausage rolls, and there are more exotic names like samosas and spring rolls. Find out how to make the most popular small chops!
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1. Puff puffs
Puff puffs are a beloved Nigerian street food and a favorite dish for those who have a sweet tooth. Puff puffs will fit equally good into a savory or sweet selection of finger foods. Want to know how to make small chops puff? Here is a full guide!
What you’ll need (for 40 small puff puffs):
- Plain flour – 500 grams
- Caster sugar – 100 grams
- Powdered yeast – 2 tsp
- Ground nutmeg – 1/2 tsp
- Warm water – 300 ml
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
- Vegetable oil for frying
Start by mixing together the dry ingredients, then adding the water and mixing by hand or using a mixer until there are no flour lumps in the batter. Cover the bowl with clingfilm, foil, or clean cloth and leave the batter to rise for about 45 minutes.
When the batter has risen, heat up the oil and fry your puff puffs one by one, forming balls of batter with your hands. Fry until they turn golden brown and put on a paper towel to get rid of excess fat. Your puff puffs are ready to be served!
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2. Spring roll
Spring rolls are another party favorite among Nigerians. If you’re looking for new ways of how to prepare small chops, then you should definitely try spring rolls, especially the most popular variety of small chops recipes – chicken and vegetable rolls.
What you’ll need:
- Spring roll wrappers – 15 pieces
- Chopped chicken breast – 300 grams
- Vegetables: cabbage, carrots, peas, onions, bell peppers
- Stock cube
- Black pepper
- Frying oil
- Flour mix (water + flour) for binding the rolls
Boil the cabbage, adding carrots and peas later and cooking the vegetables together until they all become tender. In a pan, heat up some oil and fry the onions until it’s half-ready. Then add the chicken and fry together until the chicken changes color. Add the spices, and 2 minutes before turning the gas off, add the vegetables and stir well together.
Take a spring roll wrapper, put a generous serving of the filling in the center, and fold the roll using the flour mix to close the edges. Fry in hot oil until the rolls turn golden brown and strain the excess oil using a paper towel before serving. Now you know how to make Nigerian spring roll!
Samosas originated in Asia, but they quickly became a common appetizer all over Nigeria. If you look at how to make small chops samosa, you may think this recipe is very similar to spring rolls, but in reality there are some key differences. Here is how to make samosas – Nigerian small chops.
What you’ll need for samosa dough:
- Plain flour – 120 grams
- Vegetable oil – 3 tbsp
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
- Dried herbs
- Warm water
For the filling:
- Minced meat – 200 grams
- Medium potatoes – 2
- Carrots – 2
- Green peas – 2
- Spring onion or minced onion
- Stock cube
- Salt and pepper
Samosas can be fried or bake. If you decide to fry your samosas, add vegetable oil for frying, while you can bake samosas with no oil for a healthier version of the dish.
For the filling, finely chop and boil the vegetables. In a pan, heat up the oil and the spices, add the onion and the meat. Wait until the meat and the onion change color and add the boiled vegetables, mix together well and turn off the heat.
To make the dough, mix the ingredients in a bowl and cover it, leaving for 15 minutes. Then knead the dough and leave it covered again. Next, roll the dough until it’s 3-4 mm thick and use a circular cutter to get flat circles, then cutting them in half.
Rub water on the straight edges of the dough and fold it into cones. Fill the cones with the filling and seal the edges after rubbing them with water. Fry the samosas on both sides or bake them until they’ve changed color. Now you know how to make small chops with an Asian flavor.
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