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How to make Chin Chin
We Nigerians don’t joke with our street foods at all. In fact, they are like the things that keep us going and together. We love our foods and we forget all our sorrows and problems and just enjoy the moment. One of our favourite street snacks is chin chin. This snack is not only eaten in Nigeria but it is also appreciated in other parts of Africa.
Chin chin is crunchy and sweet, but you can also decide to have it soft too. As simple as this recipe is, it also comes with a tedious task of cutting the dough and frying in batches. If you want to achieve a really crunchy chin-chin, you will need to use less milk and butter in your recipe. I added a little bit of desiccated coconut to my chin chin recipe and this can be substituted with coconut milk. It is very important to know that this recipe calls for plain flour and not self-raising flour.
Can I sell Chin Chin
This will be your final stop to learning how to make Nigerian chin chin. If you are very entrepreneurial, you can fry these snacks and sell as a side hustle. In fact, chin chin is now sold in big supermarkets here in the UK. Before you venture into the business, ensure you practice and practise until you perfect your craft. By doing this, you would know what works for you. It is important that you also test the market for what your potential customers would want. Know your measurements and make a journal as you go along, this will ensure accountability and perfection to your recipe.
Start small, try different flavours, don’t be scared to try! If you fail, try again. Also, aim for freshness at all times and know how to preserve it naturally if you wish to make this a commercial business. Be prepared for criticism and know when to sieve out negative comments and advice. You have to be ready to be in continuous learning and development.
350g plain flour extra for dusting
1 whole nutmeg grated
80-100g sugar (I used caster sugar)
1tsp baking powder
30g desiccated coconut (optional)
1tsp vanilla essence flavour (optional)
Vegetable oil for frying
How to make Nigerian Chin Chin
Start by adding all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and mix together. Add the butter and mix together to form crumbs. Add the other wet ingredients and mix to form a stretchy dough.
Leave the dough to rest for about 15-30 minutes. (this is not compulsory)
Dust a cleaned work surface with flour; divide the dough into 2 or 3 batches. Roll out the dough flat and cut into long strips with a cut into desired sizes. Repeat this process till you have exhausted the dough
Place a shallow frying pan on medium high heat; add vegetable oil and heat to about 350⁰ or you do an oil test. Drop one of the cut dough into the hot oil and if it floats to the top of the oil, then the oil is ready for use.
Carefully add the cut-out dough to the hot oil in batches and fry till golden brown.
How to serve Chin Chin
This popular Nigerian snacks can be eaten on its own or alongside soft drinks like Fanta, Malt drink or homemade drinks listed below.
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Nigerian Chin Chin
- 350 g plain flour extra for dusting
- 30 g butter
- 1 whole nutmeg grated
- 80-100 g sugar I used caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 100 ml milk
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 30 g desiccated coconut optional
- Add all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and mix together. Add the butter and mix together to form crumbs. Add the other wet ingredients and mix to for stretchy dough.
- Leave the dough to rest for about 15-30 minutes. (this is not compulsory)
- Dust a cleaned work surface with flour, divide the dough into 2 or 3 batches. Roll out the dough flat and cut into long strips with a cut into desired sizes. Repeat this process till you have exhausted the dough
- Place a shallow frying pan on medium high heat; add vegetable oil and heat to about 180°C/356°F or you do an oil test. Drop one of the cut dough into the hot oil and if it floats to the top of the oil, then the oil is ready for use.
- Carefully add the cut-out dough to the hot oil in batches and fry till golden brown.Leave to cool before serving.
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