Veg momo has always been a very popular snack in India. They are favored by children and adults alike. Every restaurant or takeaway place that offers veg momo, is bustling with people. Veg momos are demanded the most, by the north Indian people from Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, etc. But just like Dosas, which are not originated from north Indian states, veg momo also didn’t originate from any of the North Indian states. Steamed Dumplings, also known as veg momos, originated from the eastern states of India like Assam, Sikkim. Some also say that it is from Nepal and Bhutan.
Evolution of Veg momo over the past years.
The momos in India have evolved a lot in recent years, as everybody tries to present their own style of momo in a unique way. Earlier, there were only a few variants of momos, but now there are hundreds of momo styles that are spread all over India. Some of the most common variants of momos are chicken momos, vegetable momo, fried momo, khoa momo, noodle momo, chocolate moo, etc. Khoa momo is a bit different kind of momo as it is served as a dessert in the Kathmandu Valley. Khoa momo is made up of flour dumplings filled with solids of milk and molten sugar. Well, they sure sound delicious but today we are making vegetable momo filled with lots of veggies and spices.
Let’s get started and make veg momos at home to enjoy it with friends and family. Momos are very commonly liked by everybody. It has a very widespread fan following. So it is an established fact that your friends and family would enjoy the delicacy far too much. You can use your own choice of vegetables in the recipe. There is no such restriction that you have to use a particular combination of vegetables. But make sure that you have the necessary utensils to make them. The main equipment you require is a good quality steamer pot which can fit enough amount of Dumplings in it.
So let’s make momo with an energetic mood because the taste of the food not just depends on the ingredients but also on the mood of the chef.
Veg Momo Recipe
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- ½ tablespoon of salt
- A tablespoon of oil for greasing
- Luke warm water
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1 cup finely chopped cabbage
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 3 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
- 1 inch ginger (finely chopped)
- ½ tablespoon black pepper powder
- ½ tablespoon salt
- 2 chilies (finely chopped)
- 2 tablespoon oil
Method to prepare the dough
Step 1: Take a fresh bowl and pour 2 cups of all-purpose flour into it. Then, add half a tablespoon salt. Mix it uniformly, then add lukewarm water and knead it well for 5 minutes till it forms a proper dough. Don’t make the dough too hard.
Step 2: Grease the dough with half a tablespoon of oil and cover it with a cloth. Keep it aside for thirty minutes. This will make the dough soft and fluffy.
Method to prepare the filling for momos
Step 1: Take a pan and put it on the low flame. When it heats, add 2 tablespoons of oil, chopped garlic, ginger, and chilies to it. Saute it for about a minute or two.
Step 2: Then, add chopped onions, carrots, and cabbage. Cook it for a couple of minutes on medium flame. Then add half a tablespoon of black pepper and half a tablespoon of salt.
Step 3: Continue cooking it till all the moisture of the vegetables evaporate and it becomes less in volume. This will indicate that all the vegetables are nicely cooked.
Note: If you want your vegetables to be crunchy, then cook them on high flame just for a few minutes. Keep stirring it continuously.
Step 4: Put off the flame when it is done. By now, the dough must be ready. Take the dough, knead it a little bit and divide it into small balls.
Step 5: Then roll the small balls with a rolling pin to create a circular shape like a small chapati. Then add the vegetable mix in small amounts in the center. Close the dumplings with your hands to give them the shape of chassis momos.
Step 6: Make all the dumplings and then place them in the steamer. Let them cook for ten to fifteen minutes on medium flame.
Your veg momos are ready to be served hot.
Some useful tips:
- Knead the dough properly using lukewarm water. It will make the soft and easy to handle. If the dough is not appropriately kneaded, it will stick and not hold its shape.
- Steam the momos just before serving because cold momos don’t taste good. It is always recommended to prepare them and keep them in an airtight container in the freezer. And whenever you want to have them, just take them out and steam them.
- Use your own choice of vegetables for better taste.
- Pre-heat the steamer before placing the dumplings in it. It will reduce the time of cooking and also make sure that the dumplings don’t become soggy.
- Be careful while placing the dumplings in the steamer as you may hurt yourself with the hot steam in it. Use a long tong to place them in and also while taking them out.
I hope you like the recipe and share it with your loved ones. Make veg momos and surprise your friends and family. In winter, Momos are one of the most preferred choices of snacks among people. You can serve it with tomato sauce, garlic chutney, or Schezwan chutney as well. Enjoy life and have momos!