This recipe is a peanut/groundnut traditional Nigerian snack from the northern parts of the people.its a snack you had find among locals not something that is famous for being expensive or extravagant. No matter how poor you are you will still be able to afford kulikuli . Its normally traditionally made by the Hausa people of West Africa and North Africa.Kulikuli is a special snacks of the northerners and a favourite of the rest of the country. Its one the snack we the southerners and westerners call “wellcome and thank you” snacks. When we are young its what we recieve as gift from someone who had just returned from a trip or simply for being a good child. Kulikuli can be taken alone or with soaked garri in cold water with or without sugar. Kulikuli is made from a thick paste of peanut and you can also spice it up with spices of your choice,if you want to eat immediately you can fry to not so brown and crispy but if you are frying to keep for longer time it has to be very brown and crispy and under medium heat. The amazing thing about kulikuli is that at the end of frying with oil instead of you to be short of oil in the pan the oil will even become more because the the kulikuli is frying more oil is let into the cooking oil from the peanut mix. That is to say if you want to consume peanut without worrying about how much fat you are taking into your body kulikuli is an healthier alternative.

The Northerners extract groundnut oil from peanut paste through this process of frying the the so at the on of the day two products emerges from the proccessing of peanut namely “kulikuli and groundnut oil. My groundmother loves groundnut oil instead of the normal oil so whenever she goes to Iddo market in Oyingbo Lagos ,she always make sure that we dont lack kulikuli for our afternoon brunch of soaked garri and kulikuli snacks to go with it.

  Serving.  4 . Preparation time. 20 minutes.     Cooking time.    15 minutes

Cooking temperature.    150 degree celsius.


  • Peanuts    450 g( well roasted)
  • Frying vegetable oil    500 ml
  • Cuming.    1 teasbpoon (grounded)
  • Dry herbs.   1 teaspoon
  • Dry ginger.    1 teaspoon
  • Dry garlic.      1 teaspoon
  • Cloves.           1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper.   1 teaspoon (grounded)
  • Salt.                  1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric.        1 teaspoon
  • Chili.                 Half teaspoon

Recipe making instructions

  • Take the peanut and pour into the blender with other ingredients. Blend in small bathes .after that pour everything in a bowl and mix with enough water to make a thick paste
  • Set your frying pan on the cooker and on medium heat ,pour in the vegetable oil and allow the oil to heat up when it almost to its frying point begin to use your hands to mould the shapes you want . The lump is quit mealeable . Then start dropping into the hot oil one after another. Fry till crispy and transfer to the strainer on the kitchen table to cool off.
  • After about 20 minutes you can now serve because kulikuli is best served cool and crispy. There we have our traditional spiced up kulikuli alata yeri yeri!!!

Nutritional  value

  • Calories.     450 kcal
  • Total Fat.    71.5 g
  • Saturated.    8.6 g
  • Cholesterol.  0 mg
  • Sodium.         865.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates.    22.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber.       15.7 g
  • Sugars.           5.4 g
  • Protein.          32.4 g

My comments

Kulikuli is a relatively easy recipe to prepare ,on the scale of how difficult it is to make from 1 to 10 . I would say 4. And its a delight that is sure to massage your taste bud.