Chin chin is a popular Nigerian snack. It is sweet, crunchy, and made with nice flavors such as sugar, milk, butter, and some aromatic powder like nutmeg. Chin chin is a very common snack made during festive seasons in Nigeria, or in some cases, to just savor. But how do you make chin chin? Here are some important things to note.
How to Make Chin Chin
The chin chin recipe is easy to prepare, without much effort. All you need to do is get your complete ingredients (pantry staples), and watch everything come together in about thirty minutes; from start to finish. When making your recipe, you can decide to add cinnamon and cayenne pepper, just to give it that zing taste!
Chin chin recipe ingredients include milk, flour, eggs, sugar, butter, salt, cayenne pepper (optional), baking powder, nutmeg or cinnamon, and oil for frying.
How to Check If the Oil Is Hot Enough for Frying
To check if the oil is hot enough for frying, you can drop a small piece of dough inside the oil. If the dough stays at the bottom for a long time then you need to allow the oil to be heated up for another few minutes.
However, if the dough rises rapidly, then you may need to turn down the heat a little bit. Failure to do this may make the chin chin to become brown too quick. Also, if the dough floats gradually to the surface of the oil, then the oil is just right.
What Are the Steps to Take When Making Chin Chin Recipe?
The first step to take when making chin chin recipe is to mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, and nutmeg together in a bowl. Afterward, add the egg, melted butter, and milk, to the dry mixture. Ensure you mix together until a dough is formed, then you can knead the dough for a few minutes (about two to three minutes).
When it is ready, roll the dough out into a clean sheet of about ¼ to 1/6-inch thickness. You can use a pizza cutter, or small knife to cut the dough into tiny pieces and shape of choice. You can watch the video above, for more clarity.
Preheat the oil you want to use- enough to deep fry the chin chin, then fry until golden brown. Lastly, allow cooling completely before serving. The snack is very great for teatime, game nights, movie nights, or anytime snack.
Chin Chin Variations
People have different preferences for various reasons. If you are the type that prefers super soft chin chin, with little or no crunch, then you can add one extra tablespoon of butter, as well as an extra ¼ teaspoon of baking powder.
However, if you are a big fan of the super hard and crunchy chin chin, then you should leave put the egg and the baking powder. At this point, your dough will be hard, however, if you find it too hard to work, then you can just add about ½ to 1 tablespoon of mils. This makes it workable.