This post is inspired by my craving for chin chin!!! I just got my braces tightened so I can’t have any of this crunchy goodness for a while…

Chin-chin (or chim-chim as my igbo brothers and sisters call it) is a simple and quick snack to make, and it only requires a few ingredients. They (I don’t think there’s a plural form.. chin-chins? lol) are basically crunchy fried dough. If it’s not crunchy, it’s not right!

Chin-chin is eaten across Nigeria, I doubt that it’s specific to one tribe. It’s served at events like weddings and parties, or can be eaten when you have the midnight munchies! My favorite spot in Abuja to get chin-chin is at Grand square!

Here’s how to whip up a quick batch of chin-chin (courtesy of


  • 3 cups flour (420 grams)
  • 1/2 cup margarine (melted)  (115 grams)
  • 1/2 cup sugar(120 grams)
  • 1/2 cup milk (120 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • Oil for frying


  • In  a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Mix well until you have a  stretchy dough
  • Roll out the dough on a flat surface, cut into desired shapes
  • Set the oil on medium heat, wait until the oil is hot.  Fry the shaped dough a batch at a time until golden brown

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