- Momos are a delicious and popular Tibetan dish that has become widely loved across various parts of the world. They are a type of dim sum, which refers to small, bite-sized dishes typically served with tea. Here’s a simple recipe for Veg Momos:
For the dough:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (Maida)
- A pinch of salt
- Water (as needed)
For the filling:
- 2 cups finely chopped vegetables (cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, etc.)
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
- Finely chop 1-2 green chilies (adjust to taste)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- A tablespoon of sesame oil (or any other cooking oil)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare the Dough:
Mix the all-purpose flour with a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl.
Gradually add water and knead the flour into a smooth and firm dough. A dough that is neither too sticky nor too dry is important.
Under a damp cloth, let it rest for about 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, Prepare the Filling:
In a pan or wok, heat the sesame oil (or any cooking oil) over medium heat.
Add the minced garlic, grated ginger, and chopped green chilies. Sauté for a minute until the raw aroma disappears.
Add the finely chopped onions and cook until they become translucent.
Toss in the chopped vegetables and stir-fry them for a few minutes. You want to retain some crunchiness in the vegetables.
Season the filling with soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix well and cook for another minute or so.
Remove the filling from the heat and let it cool down.
- Shape the Momos:
Take a small portion of the rested dough and roll it into a thin, circular disc, around 3-4 inches in diameter. You can use a rolling pin for this.
Place a spoonful of the prepared vegetable filling in the center of the dough disc.
- Fold and Seal the Momos:
Carefully lift the edges of the dough disc and start pleating/folding it inwards to form a circular pouch around the filling.
Pinch and twist the pleats at the top to ensure the momo is sealed properly. This will prevent the filling from spilling out during steaming.
Similarly, prepare all the momos and keep them covered under a moist cloth to prevent drying.
- Steam the Momos:
Grease a steamer basket or line it with cabbage leaves to prevent sticking.
Arrange the momos in the steamer, leaving some space between them to avoid sticking during steaming.
Steam the momos for about 10-12 minutes or until the dough becomes translucent and the filling is cooked.
Once the momos are steamed, serve them hot with a dipping sauce of your choice. A common sauce to serve with momos is a mix of soy sauce, vinegar, and chili sauce.
Enjoy your delicious Veg Momos! They make for a perfect appetizer or snack, and they are sure to be a hit among your friends and family.