Kuli Kuli is a snack made from groundnuts (peanuts). It is a common peanut recipe found in West Africa (especially in Northern Nigeria). It is made by roasting peanuts, turning them into peanut butter, extracting the peanut oil, and then baking or frying the paste into what is called Kuli Kuli or groundnut cake. Kuli kuli is very easy to make at home but can be time-consuming. I will show you the steps on how to make Kuli Kuli at home.
KuliKuli is called by various English names such as groundnut cake, groundnut cookies, or peanut snacks; it is not an English recipe, so the English name is based on the different views of individuals.
- 5 cups of Peanuts (Groundnut). Other seasonings such as sugar, ginger powder, or salt can be added. In this recipe, I will be using sugar to it.
How to make Kuli Kuli at Home
- First, the peanuts are roasted. You can roast the peanuts on a stovetop or in an oven.
- Then the roasted peanuts are blended with a powerful blender or food processor into smooth peanut butter without adding any water during the blending process.
- The peanut oil is then extracted from the peanut butter by constant stirring and adding a little amount of water at a time. I added 1 tablespoon of water at a time and then stir continuously. See how to make peanut oil at home from the video below:
- Once the peanut oil is extracted, you are left with a thick peanut paste.
- In a mixing bowl, add your seasoning: sugar or salt or ginger powder and mix with the peanut paste until it is well combined.
- Roll the paste into small balls, bars, or cookie-like shapes. The shape depends on you.
- Heat a pan and add cooking oil; most times, the peanut oil you extracted is also used for frying the peanut snacks.
- When the oil is heated, add the molded peanut paste into it and fry. Every 30 seconds, flip them in order to fry evenly. You don’t need to fry for long. It usually takes about 5 minutes on medium heat to fry your KuliKuli.
- Remove from the oil and drain over a strainer or paper towel. Allow it to cool. It becomes crispy and crunchy when cooled.
Your Homemade KuliKuli is ready to be eaten. In Nigeria, we often eat this with Garri, Pap, or Rice Pudding. It is also used for making Suya Spice. Kuli Kuli can be eaten as a snack. It is a very common Peanut Recipe in Nigeria especially Northern Nigeria.