Looking for an authentic and delicious dumpling recipe? Just follow this super easy tutorial!
How To Make “Momo” or Dumplings
( Nepali Style )
We call them dumplings, but the Nepalese like to call them “momo.” (Personally, we way prefer that over dumplings!)
Dumplings are a traditional delicacy in Nepal, Tibet and India. Traditionally, momo is prepared with ground/minced meat filling, but over the past several years, the fillings have become more elaborate.
These days, momo is prepared with any combination of ground meat, vegetables, tofu and, sometimes, cheese. The dumplings are then served with a traditional tomato chutney, yellow chili-tomato-sesame seed sauce, fresh cilantro chutney, sesame paste, spicy ground peanut dip, or a garlic chili sauce. For those of you who think dumplings are intimidating, they’re not. In fact, they’re super fun and easy to make!
Ready To Make Some Momos?
- 500 g ground meat (pork)
- dark soy sauce
- light soy sauce
- 3/4 cup cabbage (finely chopped)
- 3/4 cup onion (finely chopped)
- ginger & garlic paste
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp meat masala
- a pinch of ajinomoto
- salt to taste
- 1/2 bowl water
- dumpling pastry
- 6-7 tbsp cooking oil
Combine the meat, cabbage, onion, ginger & garlic paste, water, and spices in one bowl.
Add 1 tsp of dark soy sauce into the mixture.
Then add 3 tsp of light soy sauce.
Put a small amount of cooking oil, just enough for the mixture.
Mix everything nicely with a clean hand. If you don’t like this idea then you are definitely free to use a spatula or anything you want.
After your filling has been mixed well, it should look like this:
Get your dumpling pastry and put some filling n the center. You can make your own dumpling pastry at home or you can buy it in the store (we recommend buying it at the store, just sayin’).
Fold your dumpling pastry in half.
Pinch the edges to make both sides stick together.
There are several ways to fold a dumpling. This type of folding is the most popular.
Now it’s time to steam the dumplings. Add hot water in a large steamer pot.
Lightly oil the steamer rack with your cooking oil.
Note: This step is very important because it will prevent the dumplings from sticking onto the steamer rack. If this happens, the dumplings might come out looking funky.
Place the dumplings in the steamer rack and leave some room in between each one.
Cover it and let it steam for about 18-20 minutes.
After 20 minutes immediately take your dumplings out of the steamer.
There you have it — freshly steamed momos. Momos are best enjoyed with spicy sauces.
Watch the full tutorial by Pucca Syanu below!
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