Momos, a steamed bun with various kinds of fillings, originally from Tibet, is now widely enjoyed all over the world. It is a dumpling where the outer covering is made out of white flour and filled with vegetables and meat. It is one of the most popular street foods in Nepal these days. I first ate them at a small outlet in a mall in Mumbai and have been enjoying it ever since. I have been wanting to try it since a long time, but haven’t got around to making it, mostly because of my apprehensive attitude toward the dumpling making. To be honest, I still cannot wrap a decent momos. Since my mom is visiting, I decided to give this momos wrapping (a tedious task for me) a try.
For the momos, I prepared a simple sautéed vegetable filling. I used all purpose flour to make the momos wrapper. Mommy dearest took charge and made me some lip-smacking momos.
For the filling:
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 medium onion, finely sliced
- 1 cup green bell pepper, finely julienned
- 1 tbsp soya sauce
- 2 tbsp red chili sauce
- salt, as per taste
- 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper
- 2 tsp oil
For the dough:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup water, or as needed
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp oil
- First prepare the dough for the momos wrapper. In a bowl take all purpose flour, add in a pinch of salt. Add in water little by little to prepare a medium firm dough. Drizzle oil at the end and coat the dough in oil. Leave it to rest for a while.
- Now prepare the filling. In a pan, take oil and add in onions, cabbage, bell peppers and carrots. Sauté for about 5-7 min. Do not over cook since we want the vegetables to be a little crunchy. Now add in soya sauce, red chili sauce, salt and black pepper powder and mix properly. Let it cook for another 3-4 minutes. Once cook, let the mixture cool down.
- Heat a steamer to steam the momos later. Grease the flat plate of the steamer with a little oil and keep it aside.
- Now on to make the momos ! Take a small ball size dough and roll it into flat circles. Take 1 tbsp of filling and place at the center of the circle. Next, start folding the circle into a bun.
- I chose the easier way to wrap. Take two ends of the fold it to form a semi-circle. Now take the remaining ends of the and pinch it to the center to form a rectangular pocket. Make all the momos in the same way.
- Place all the momos in the flat plate of the steamer and let them cook on medium to high flame for about 10-12 minutes.
- Take the momos out after you can see that the dough turns a little transparent.
- Enjoy hot momos with some red spicy chutney.
Hope you guys enjoy it. What other fillings do you like in your momos ?