Even though most people think momos are a Chinese dish, they are actually from Nepal, Tibetan food to be precise, and are similar to other famous Asian dishes like “gyozas”, “jiaozis” and “buuz”.
Like dumplings, you can eat your momos steamed or fried, with a vegetable filling or meat. It is known that the Dalai Lama eats his with some spinach and cheese filling.
Momos were never intended to be a fine-dining experience, they are a local and affordable dish that you can find on the street food stand in every corner. But as simple and delicious they are that is impossible not to eat them in any Nepalean restaurant around the world. Momos always make you feel like home.
Maybe it’s the size, the shape, or how funny they are that you want to eat at least a dozen of those fluffy balls that you can eat just with a beverage or with some spicy tomato sauce and a cold beer.
This time we are going to share with you our favorite momos recipe, so you can try to make them at home. If you have kids at home they are going to love them. We are going to fill them with vegetables, once you master this recipe try to play around with the ingredients and try with some other fillings like cheese, or meat.
Let’s take note on the ingredients for the dough;
3 Cups Wheat Flour
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Cup Water
1 Pinch of Salt
Remember to use the right ingredients and the exact portions, cooking is just like a chemistry lab, you can’t go around changing or mixing without following the instructions.
In a bowl mix first the dry ingredients, the flour, and the salt, then add relly slow the cup of water (warm it), once you’ve added the hole water, add the oil. Knead (about 10 minutes) to form an elastic dough that does not stick. Let stand for 1 hour, then kneads again.
Making the dough can be challenging when you are self-learning, so here’s our best trick: go to an Asian store and ask to buy some “momos dough” (momos dough, NOT wantan dough).
Then we elongated the dough and give it the shape of a sausage, and cut it into small pieces. Now we took one by one these small pieces and gave them the shape of a ball, and them like a small disk with our hands. After that, we took the roller to flatten them. /try to let the center a bit thicker)
Now let’s make some delicious filling! Take note to the ingredients
*Mixed vegetables of your choice: cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, green beans, peppers, onions, kale, eggplant…
1 Cup of Mixed Vegetables
1/2 Cup mashed Potato
1 Tablespoon chives
1 Teaspoon minced Garlic
1 Teaspoon minced ginger
2 Fresh chopped cilantro
2 Tablespoons of Garam Masala
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
1 Pinch of Salt
Now, let’s get ready for the big part! The preparation
Take your favorite pan and sauté the chives with the garlic and the ginger for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients (first the dry ones). Mix gently till it forms a smooth and well-bound paste, let it cool.
Now the fun part! Let’s fill these momos!
It is important not to put too much fill in each or they will open. Hold a dough sheet in the palm of your hand and place a teaspoon of filling in the center. Close it well, sealing if necessary the edges with some water. It is important that the momo is tightly closed, only then will you get a juicy pie.
Keep the momos already prepared under a damp cloth, so they will not dry out. You can fry the momos. In that case, simply heat plenty of oil in a pan and fry them in batches until they are golden brown. But if you rather steam them, grease the bottom of a steamer. Go placing momos so that they do not touch and are very comfortable. Thus we prevent them from sticking to each other.
Close the steamer and place it in a pot with water. It is important that the water NEVER touch the bottom of the steamer. When the water boils cook the momos between 5-6 minutes.
Serve them very hot with some chives and sesame seeds on top as decor, and with your favorite beer!
When you are comfortable preparing this delicious recipe, try more advanced versions! Here we leave you this video so that you try to prepare some delicious Chicken Momos, at home!
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