Momos are the staple food of northeast India, Tibet area.. it’s known as dim-sum in China. Momos mean steamed stuffed bread or dumplings.
Traditionally steamed in bamboo baskets.. stuffings vary from veggies, chicken, pork, beef n noodles too.. here is a version of Veggie Momo
Ingredients for Dough
Maida: 1&1/2 cup
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Water to make a firm yet soft dough like our naan dough
Oil to smear on the dough
Ingredients for Stuffing
Onion: 1 large fine chopped
Ginger garlic paste: 1tsp
Carrot shred fine: 1
Fresh Peas shelled fistful
Cabbage shred: 1 cup
Capsicum fine chopped: 1
Soy sauce: 2 tsp
Chilly sauce: 1&1/2 tsp
Ajinomoto: 1 pinch( optional)
Freshly crushed black pepper: 1 tsp
Salt as per taste
Method Of Preparation:
Make a soft dough with maida, salt, cold water. Knead till non sticky. Smear oil and keep covered for 30 mins.
In the meantime, heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok.
Sautee chopped onions till it becomes translucent add ginger garlic paste. Sautee for 2 min.
Add carrot and peas. Cook for about 3 min. Add cabbage and capsicum. Toss for 2 more mins and add salt soy sauce, chilly sauce, crushed black pepper. Toss well and cool completely.
Keep an idli cooker with a little water on flame. As it heats up, make small roundels of dough, roll out like Puri,
Place the cooled stuffing (1tsp) in centre. Fold the edges all around like a saree pleat as shown in pic. And seal them at the top like a modak. Smear them with a little oil.
Use Cabbage leaves to line the idli plates. This is to prevent water sogging in Momos. Place them with enough space to expand slightly while steaming. Cook for 5-6 min only, else they become hard. Serve with the Momo dip
Boil 1 tomato gnashed on surface with 2 red chillies and 6 almond (almond thickens the sauce). Let it cool.
Grind pepper and salt coarsely. Add boiled almonds, red chillies, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder and grind. Now add 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, boiled and cooled tomato, 1tsp vinegar and blend into a thick puree. It’s an excellent lip smacking, spicy, sour dip for momos.
Author: Kiran Shanbhag
Dr. Kiran Shanbhag is a Homeopathic physician. She has been practicing from the last 18 years. She is passionate about her work as a Homeopathic doctor and is also passionate about cooking, equity markets and quest into spirituality. All the four have now become an integral part of her life!