Bofloto, Bofrot: chewy, doughy, street fare from Ghana

Name: Bofrot, Boflot, Togbei
Eaten in: Ghana
Foodie: Linda

Is there a country/culture in the world that doesn’t have its version of fried dough? Ghana certainly does. The bofrot, bofloto are ubiquitous street snacks in that country. I like the doughy, chewy version with a slight tinge of nutmeg. I keep trying, but the ones I make never seem to taste quite the same as the ones sold outside, in restaurants or elsewhere. Nevertheless, this recipe came close enough.

Bofrot, Boflot, Togbei

Serves 8
Prep time 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 3 hours
Meal type Snack


  • ⅓ cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • ⅓egg ((beat a large egg, pour in measuring cup, then pour out ⅓ of it))
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • ½cup plus ⅓ cup unsifted flour of bread flour ((higher gluten content than regular white flour))
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tablespoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • oil for deep-frying


1. Measure out the liquid ( warm water or warm water/wine combination)) into a bowl, Stir in the sugar to dissolve

2. Sprinkle in the yeast.
3. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the mixture to begin to bubble.
4. Measure out the flour and have the nutmeg, baking powder, salt.

5. Once the yeast begins to foam, add the ⅓ egg and mix it with the liquids Gradually sift and stir in the flour.
6. Add the nutmeg, baking powder, and a pinch of salt.

7. Mix well, and cover the bowl with a cloth and allow it to sit in a warm place for at least 2 hours. It should at least double in size, so the bowl needs to be large enough

8. Heat up the oil until it’s 375F. You can try adding a little bit of dough, if it sizzles and floats to the surface, the oil is hot enough

9. Scoop each bofrot with an oil soup spoon, or in the palm of your hands if you are experienced.
10. Slide into the oil and cook evenly on all sides until brown.


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