This post is about the most popular snacks in Nigeria which is’ Egg roll‘.Nobody can actually know or pinpoint to where this delicious snack originated from (I still keep wondering till today). We just know that this particular snack started selling on some of the major streets in some cities in Nigeria, especially in Lagos you cannot walk into any streets or two streets from where you are and not find an egg roll seller.
The pastry of the snack is slightly similar to that of buns; I totally disagree with people saying that the pastry of egg roll is similar to that of puff puff because puff puff batter is too watery for the egg roll. The egg roll pastry is a dough, not a batter.
This snack is sometimes compared with scotch egg; they are definitely not the same thing though they look alike. In the case of scotch egg sausage meat, flour and breadcrumbs are used but in the case of egg roll, you only need flour dough to wrap around the boiled egg.
This snack is not also the same thing as the regular Chinese egg roll we hear about which is elongated and looks more like the normal spring rolls. The boiled egg is what gives it the round shape.
Nigerian Egg roll can be taken as a healthy snack though I may not agree to some extent because of flour used in making it and the process of frying that is involved in making it, so if you are trying to keep fit or lose weight it is better not eat more than one egg roll. But if you want to make the egg roll healthy, you can choose the process of baking the egg roll i.e you are making baked egg roll.
This snack has only one way of making it, but different chefs can decide to add more spice or ingredients in order to make more unique or delicious. Most people use baking powder as a raising agent for the egg roll, but do you know you can also use yeast as a raising agent? Just make sure you don’t add too much yeast like you are making puff puff.
Join as I take you on the journey of making the Nigerian egg roll.Enjoy
10 boiled eggs
500g of flour
80g of sugar
1/2 tsp of salt
1 Tbsp. of baking powder or 11/2 Tsp. of yeast
50g of butter
1 tsp. of nutmeg
Vegetable oil for frying
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 tbsp. of powdered milk
1 cup of warm water for mixing the dough
Start by boiling the eggs, put the eggs in a pot or kettle and cover with enough water.
Boil the eggs for about 20 minutes. While the eggs are boiling, start preparing and the dough.
Sift the flour then add in your butter; rub the flour and butter in between your palms till it looks like breadcrumbs.
Then you can add in the sugar, salt, nutmeg and baking powder (If you are using yeast it is best you mix the salt well with the flour before adding your yeast).
Add the vanilla, powdered milk, and add your warm water. It is best you add your water bit by bit into the flour in order not to get a too sticky dough or watery dough.
Spread some flour on a flat surface and knead the dough till smooth, wrap the dough together and place in a bowl.
Cover the dough with a plastic food wrap and leave it to rest for about 20 minutes ( Most times I leave the dough in the refrigerator overnight, this makes the dough come out nice, smooth and non-sticky).
Spread flour on a flat surface, on which you want to make the rolls. Divide the dough with a knife into eight equal parts and peel your boiled eggs.
Using a rolling pin or bottle, Flaten the cut dough into a circle shape and put the peeled egg in the centre of the dough, and cover tightly (it is very important to make it close tightly in order to prevent the dough from opening during the frying).
Repeat this same procedure with the rest pieces of the dough.
Heat the oil in the pan(make sure you are deep frying). Take a couple of your egg rolls and lay them into the oil.
Fry the egg rolls on the low or medium heat for each side, keep moving them around with a spoon until they become golden brown at all sides.
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You can enjoy your egg roll with your chilled chapman drink