Steamed Chicken / Vegetable Momo with Spicy Momo sauce ..!

Momos are dumplings filled with a choice of spiced minced meat or vegetables and then steamed or fried as per choice – a delicious healthy snack..!

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I have had a very long week after Valentines. No, I have not been nursing my Valentines Day hangover, but my loved laptop decided to crash last week and I had to send it to the doctors. Now, all bloggers will agree with me that being stranded on a no internet world is a nightmare. I felt like I had lost touch with so many of my friends and a part of my life had come to a grinding halt. I was forever trying to use my hubby’s I-Phone to access my site, but that was just taking so long and was very frustrating. I just wanted my laptop back. That made me realize how dependent I had become on this little space of mine, my dear readers and my friends, my fellow bloggers.  Yesterday, when I got my laptop back, hale and hearty, I had no idea whether to laugh or cry. And I started crying..! Imagine the look on my hubby’s face to see his wife streaming tears of joy for her laptop..! I am so Duh..!!

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Now that I am back, I have a lovely recipe for you. Momos are originally the most sought after street food from Tibet or Nepal. It has its roots in China. It later became popular in other areas like Bhutan, Sikkim and other Himalayan states. Each region has their own variations of it. Some add tomatoes to the filling, while some use beef mince. Some states do not add soy sauce and some add oyster sauce. Variations are in plenty.

The momo is similar to the dim-sums, won tons or the Chinese dumplings.  These momos are either steamed (the healthy version) or deep fried in oil. The deep fried ones are called kothey momos. Momos are usually served with a dipping sauce normally consisting of tomatoes as the base ingredient. The sauce is a very important part of eating momos as they build up the taste and gives it an added body. Always eat the momos hot, they do not taste that great cold.  The perfect way to eat momos is to dunk it in spicy sauce and put it in your mouth whole, so that the first bite will be an explosion of flavors. I have adapted this recipe as the basis on my momos. Try it and let me know..!

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STEAMED CHICKEN / VEGETABLE MOMOS

For the wrapper

  • 2 cup Maida /Refined flour
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Water, use enough to knead the dough

Combine the flour and salt in a bowl. Add enough water to make a stiff dough. Knead till you have a smooth dough. Cover with a damp cloth or keep aside in a covered container for half an hour. It is important to keep the dough covered as the exposed surface of the dough will harden on prolonged contact with air.

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For the  filling

  • 400 gm Minced chicken ( Substitute with paneer, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, capsicums for vegetarian )
  • 2 small Onions
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 1 small piece Ginger
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • Handful of Coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Soy sauce
  • Salt to taste
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For the meat filling – Use a food processor to finely chop the onions, green chilies, ginger and garlic.  Add the minced chicken to a bowl. Add teh chopped ingredinets along with the pepper and soy sauce. Add salt to taste.

In case of vegetarian filling, add the mushrooms, carrots,cabbage, capsicum to the processor and chop. Add the crumbled paneer to the same and combine well with your hand. Add the soy sauce, pepper powder and salt. Test the seasoning.

Keep covered in the refrigerator for an hour, so that all the flavors can come together.

Assemble the Momos

It is now time to make the momo wrappers. Clean up your work station. Divide the dough into small portion and  roll out the dough into small thin circles. The circles should not be so thin that we see through it, but not too thick either. Use your judgement. Alternatively you can roll out the dough into a large rectangle and then use a small tumbler or cookie cutter to cut out circles. This is faster and less work.

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Take a momo wrapper and keep it in the palm of your left hand. Place a tablespoon of filling in the center of the wrapper. With your right hand, begin to pinch the edge of the dough together. Fold the edge together and make small pleats along the way. Pinch the pleats together so as to seal the momo completely.  Repeat the process to finish the rest of the ingredients.

You can also make crescent shaped momos by placing the filling on one half of the wrapper circle. Fold the other half of the circle over the filling and seal the edges by pressing down with a fork, or pinching the edges together.

Prepare your steamer beforehand. The water in the steamer should be at a rolling boil when we add the momos to it. The steaming plate should be greased with oil to prevent the momo from sticking to it. Steam momos in hot steam for 10 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.

UPDATED – Line the steamer with cabbage leaves. Place the momos on the cabbage leaves and steam. They will not stick to the plate.

Serve hot with spicy tomato sauce or Thukpa (a mildly flavored Sikkimese clear noodle soup).

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The dipping sauce that is used for momos is basically tomatoes, chili, a bit of garlic and salt ground together. However I like some twists in my sauce. The following recipe is for a spicy sweet and sour tomatoe chutney. Reduce the sugar if you want less sweet, increase the vinegar if you want more zang and increase the chilies for more heat. You can use red chili powder as a substitute for the chilies too.

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 SPICY SWEET N SOUR TOMATO CHUTNEY
Adapted from BBC Good food

  • 2 Red onions , finely sliced
  • 4 Tomato , chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves , sliced
  • 6 Red chillies , chopped (add more for more spice)
  • 2 cm piece Ginger , peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Red wine vinegar
  • 5 Cardamom seeds, powdered
  • Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Oil

Take the oil in a pan and heat it up. Saute the onions till translucent. Add the ginger, garlic and the chilies to the pan and saute till the raw smell is gone. Add the tomatoes to the pan and cook till mushy. Switch off the flame and add the remaining ingredients.  Add salt to taste. Once it has cooled down add the vinegar, blend it all in a blender till it becomes a smooth paste. This chutney can be stored in a glass jar for over a month. It is an ideal dipping sauce for many starters and can also be used as a spread for sandwiches. It gives that extra zing to the meal. If you are making this sauce as a dip, you can add a little hot water while cooking to make it of dipping consistency. In order to store it as a chutney, cook it for 5 minutes after blending , so that the moisture is gone and it becomes slightly thick and shiny.

I hope you guys enjoyed this lovely starter to the meal. This is a very healthy starter that can be had on a diet. When steamed this contains zero oil. Experiment with the wrappers by using wheat flour. Try different fillings as per taste. These momos can be made ahead. Store them in a container by arranging them in layers with parchment paper in between to prevent it for sticking together. Steam / fry when needed and serve with the chutney. Remember to serve it fresh and hot, straight off the stove..! Enjoy.!!

This entry is off to my event Valentines Special.

 

 

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121 comments for “Steamed Chicken / Vegetable Momo with Spicy Momo sauce ..!

  1. February 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I totally agree with you how lost we are without a computer…this has become THE MOST IMPORTANT thing in our lives.
    Thanks for sharing the momos recipe…they are simply yummy..I love them.. I had tasted them in Nepal for the first time.

    • February 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      You are so right dear. Am so happy to see your comment. Really missed you guys.!

  2. kajal
    February 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    wow! look at those momos and the chutney. Being a boarding school product from the hills of north India. – momo -thukpa used to be like an every alternate day food. Glad someone posted about it..

    Happy to have found you at Indiblogger. your newest follower and a regular follower now.
    cheeers,
    Kajal

    • February 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Thanx for dropping by Kajal. It gave me a chance to discover yours, and I loved it. Loved reading your perspective and thoughts.

      • kajal
        February 25, 2012 at 9:49 am

        @Anzz: thank you … the response is so appreciated..

  3. February 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing this dear, I simply love these steamed delicacies..

    • February 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      It is healthy and light on the stomach. That is the best part of it.

  4. February 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    wow..awesoem dish vth great cliks……….yummy

    • February 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Thanx Maha dear…

  5. February 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Yummy looking momos… Loved the chicken filling

    • February 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Glad you liked it… Thanx..!

  6. February 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    healthy momos and lovely dip

    • February 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      very tasty too . :) You should try it sometime..

  7. February 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Love these a lot..its long time I had these,craving for some now :),parcel it dear..Looks professional!

    Erivum Puliyum

    • February 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Oh it is delicious. I last had it B’lore 9 years back. I had to have it again..! Thanx for the lovely comment dear.

  8. February 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    woww healthy n tasty momos…love it!!

    • February 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      Thanx dear.. happy you liked it..

  9. February 23, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    wow, these are absolutely yummy…i have tasted this once…lovely clicks and presentation :)

    Join the Just “4″ Fun event :)

    • February 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Thanx Sobha..

  10. simran kamath
    February 24, 2012 at 8:11 am

    awesome momos!…….really nice post!i love momos…..one feels so healthy and guilt free eating them!…glad your laptop is back in working condition!i’m beginning to realise what an addiction blogging is!

    • February 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

      You bet..! I could not just get on without my laptop.. guess thats the power of blogging, right??

  11. February 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

    oooh, i love momo’s too… mouth watering pics! can imagine it being quite a shocker for ur husband to see u shed tears for a laptop, but only we know how addictive blogging can get eh? ;) glad to know the laptop is finally working

    • February 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      He was scandalized in the least..! LOL..! Addicted I sure am..!

  12. February 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

    was searching for a momo recipe and method on a blog for long….thannks for putting this up..have bookmarked it and when i make it..will let you know how it turned out!!!

    http://sushmita-smile.blogspot.in/

    • February 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Am thrilled that you found the post helpful. Thanx for the lovely comment dear..

  13. February 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Awesome…momos are one of my favourite snacks….I usually make lamb or pork ones…got to try chicken ones…

    • February 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      You should try these, chicken filling is quite light on the tummy and also very yummy..!

  14. February 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Talk about life without laptop…man. it sure is a nightmare….
    OMG!! momos…..i simply love them…i have been finding for the perfect recipe since quite a long time and i think i have finally found it…but i have a little problem with the sauce since i dont take wine…do you have any other sauce recipe that could go with these??

    • February 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Substitute the red wine vinegar with regular vinegar. The intention is to give it the sour taste. add a little and keep tasting till it suits your taste. Red wine vinegar has a wineish taste which will not be there. But that is quite ok. Naseela, am glad I could help you with the momos. :)

  15. February 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    u have an award in my space.plz accept it..

    • February 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you Maha. An award from a friend so dear, treasured..!

  16. February 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    This looks totally delicious..I would love to try this..Bookmarked.

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

    • February 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Thanx Aarthi. Do let me know how it turns..!

  17. February 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    love the little parcels of meaty goodness..

    • February 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      I love the way you describe it… so wonderfully apt..!

  18. February 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Oooh! Yummy! Beautiful pictures, I would love to have a big bite on this.

    • February 25, 2012 at 1:52 am

      :) I understand perfectly. We woke up to make this in the middle of the night.

  19. February 24, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    in one word…awesome…..momo is one of my favorites…..lovely presentaion…lovely clicks…in one word wow….

    • February 25, 2012 at 1:51 am

      Thank you dear, that was a very sweet comment.

  20. February 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    looks soo nice…

    • February 26, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Thanx dear.!

  21. Jay
    February 26, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I love this recipe…very tempting..cant wait to giv a try now..;)

    Tasty Appetite

    • February 26, 2012 at 7:52 am

      Let me know when you do.. have fun.!

  22. February 27, 2012 at 5:18 am

    momos look amazing… delicious… fabulous pictures….

    • February 27, 2012 at 7:11 am

      Thannk you Amina

  23. February 27, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Love it! Ive never tried to make momos at home… i always thought it was very difficult to roll it out paper thin… thanks for the recipe.. this looks so tempting!

    • February 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      They are quite simple to make, you should try it… will be fun to make and fun to eat too.!

  24. February 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Wow…they look simply yummy!! Loved your clicks….glad your laptop is back in working condition!Life without Laptop and our much tresured camera’s….offfhh can’t imagine, blogging is an addiction for sure and we all are part of this beautiful gang…..!!

    • February 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      So true Anamika. For a moment my hubby thought I had gone nuts, when I saw the laptop..What do they know..? They are the ones missing the finer things here :)

  25. February 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    You made my favorite dumplings and I seriously can never get enough of it :)

    • February 29, 2012 at 10:04 am

      :) Same here. Love it way too much..!

  26. February 28, 2012 at 7:20 am

    You know what, I ‘ve never tried these dumplings before… nope, not even while dining out! Looks really delicious!

    • February 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      :) I discovered it at a small thattukada on a Bangalore side road, never had it since. It is not so common in restaurants but tastes delicious.!

  27. February 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Ancy,

    Thanks for the e-mail dear. It was a lot of fun to participate in your event. Hope to see all the nice entries soon on your blog.

    Your momos are very pretty. I am familiar with the word dumplings and now thanks to this recipe I’m familiar with the Nepali/Tibetan momos too. They look and sound delicious and healthy too.

    • February 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      Thanx for the great entries. Like I said, each one was super awesome..!

  28. March 1, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I understand how you missed your computer!! I would feel the same way…like this recipe you just posted is something I have never tried…I love learning new things from other bloggers…thanks!!!!

    • March 1, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Thank you. Yes, i understand the learning part. Blogging has been a continuous learning and enriching experience indeed..!

  29. March 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    These look so delicious. And the steps are photographed so well.

    • March 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Thanx Radha..!

      • tina
        April 8, 2012 at 12:33 am

        Dear anzz,im new to this site.this site is really a big help for people like me.after goin thru ur site i strongly feel u r a best mother as well.my dzughter turned one year last week.can u suggest some solid foods u gave ur kids?im sorry to ask this,but im really tensed wat to gve her,cos she is very weak in havg food.also if u add some recipes in the kids corner wil be a great great help for lots of mothers.do start with baby home made food from one year :) god bless u n fly abundantly.happy easter.

        • April 16, 2012 at 9:45 am

          Dear Tina, I apologize for the delay in replying as I was in India on an emergency. You have by now started giving your child porridge made out of ragi. Introduce cooked and mashed vegetables and fruits now. Do not give her raw hard foods and wait a bit more before you start dairy. Even when u give apples, try to steam them a bit and mash them up. I understand your apprehension, but motherhood is an instinct. From your questions I do understand that you will be a very caring concerned mom. I will add in a few recipes in the kids corner. :) All the best.!

  30. priyanka
    August 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    thnx anzzy i hv tasted momos first tym in north India nd toooo fond of it,after returning back i hv searched lot for it in restaurants but didnt found dat taste…so i hv logged to d net to try it once.nd it cant be xplained how yummy nd tasty it was to get once again d same taste frm self made momos.All credit goes to u …thnx a lot for giving us such a delicious recipe….:)

    • August 21, 2012 at 7:06 am

      Dear Priyanka,
      Thank u for letting me know that u loved the momos… makes my efforts all the more worthwhile :)

  31. Deblina
    September 16, 2012 at 6:23 am

    hey thanks for sharing such a wonderful dish. Every time I try momo in restro the taste is not similar as I have made them following your recipe because mine is much much better.

    take care.

  32. suparna chakraborty
    October 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    bt where we should use vinegar in chutney???

    • December 31, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Thanx for pointing it out. Add the vinegar when you blend all together. Happy New Year..!

  33. Sushanta
    October 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Anzz, thanks for the recipe, I made Momo today and its delicious

    • December 31, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Thanx for letting me know… Happy New Year..!

  34. shefali
    November 16, 2012 at 6:30 am

    superb……… I loved the way u make it look so simple…. i would definitely try this out… thanks alot….

    • November 16, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Thank you Shefali… do try it out and let me know how you liked it dear.

  35. Habeeba Mohamed
    February 9, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I have heard so much about Momos or dumplings , but havent got a chance to taste them yet. i am so happy to see your recipe.. Will try this out for sure . Will let you know . Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • May 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      You are welcome. Try it out and let me know if you liked it. :-)

  36. shaluu baadhh
    February 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Can we fry momo filling

    • May 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      You can fry, but it will get dry. it wont be as juicy as the steamed ones.

  37. anasuya
    February 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    It is really helped me. your description is really good… it is also pictoriall…..good… congrats… keep it up….

    • February 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Am so glad you liked it. Pleasure is all mine.

  38. shalini
    April 20, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I m glad dat i got d reciepe…wanted to make for my mumma as its not available in our town! thanx :)

    • May 12, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      Hope your mom liked it. :)

  39. Mahasweta Goswami
    April 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks really a lo..t 4 sharing the momo’s recipe.That i’m going 2 try as the evening snacks.Hope my husband and my whole family will relish it!

    • May 12, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      You are welcome. :-) Do let me know if your family liked it :)

  40. Varshini
    April 29, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    WOW!!…thannks a lot!!….u sure made it easy for us to understand!!!…

    • May 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      You are welcome. :-)

  41. shelton
    May 5, 2013 at 8:10 am

    thanks for the recipe

    • May 12, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      You are welcome :)

  42. naheema
    May 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Very nice recipes :) thanx

    • May 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      :) Always welcome .!

  43. tsering
    May 26, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    very nice momo, and do you have more recipe?? thanx

    • May 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      I post my favorite recipes online. will have more for you soon. :)

  44. jitendra arya
    July 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    momo is a very tasty raciepi

    • September 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Thanx

  45. Sanchit Bahl
    July 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    nice and easy to understand:)

    • September 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      :) Thank You

  46. shefali
    July 29, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Rally yuuummmyyyyy recipe…. :* :* :*

    • September 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      :) Thanx

  47. sanjay
    August 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    i have a question for chicken moms we have to marinate the ingredient and keep in refrigerator for one hr or this marinate has to sightly fried before filling it to keep in for steam for 10 mit. will you please reply

    • September 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      You dont have to fry it. Cooked momo filling will not give it the juicy tasteat the end. Dont worry, since the chicken is mined it will cook through perfectly.

  48. indu
    August 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    hi i just read about your recipe i will check and reply how it tastes thank u

    • September 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Please do let me know. Happy cooking

  49. gajendar
    August 23, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Thanks for nice recipe

    • September 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Always welcome

  50. meetu
    August 27, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    its very nice,

    • September 8, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Thanx Meetu

  51. christine
    September 4, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you very much for the momos receipe.It was yummy and the chicken filling was very good.Loved it.

    • September 8, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Thanx dear. :)

  52. September 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

    The mommos look delicious

    • October 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Thanx Subham

  53. September 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Your mommos look delicious

  54. hi....
    October 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    its so nice

  55. rajan singh
    November 20, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    i like this recipie

    • December 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Thanx Rajan..

  56. Marina
    November 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    thanx

    • December 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Always welcome ..!

  57. rohan
    December 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Amazing recepie

    • December 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Thanx Rohan

  58. roopa
    December 26, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Never knew making momos ND sauce z des easy !!Thanks u dear

    • December 30, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Always welcome frnd..!

  59. amit sikdar
    January 21, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Yummy dish :-P

    • January 26, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Thanx Amit

  60. Utkarsh
    March 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    trying it.
    sounds nice one.

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