How to make Momo
Momo is a popular Tibetan and Nepalese dumpling that can be made at home with a few simple ingredients. Here is a recipe you can try:
For the dough:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup water (or as needed)
For the filling:
- 1 lb ground meat (chicken, beef, pork or a mixture)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 inch piece ginger, minced
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cabbage
- 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
- 1/4 cup finely chopped mushrooms
- 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
For the dipping sauce:
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp chili flakes (or to taste)
- To make the dough, combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add water and knead until a smooth dough forms. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
- To make the filling, heat a pan over medium heat and add the ground meat. Cook until browned, then add the onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook for a few minutes more.
- Add the cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, cilantro, green onion, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Cook until the vegetables are softened. Let the filling cool.
- To make the dipping sauce, mix together the soy sauce, vinegar, tomato sauce, sesame oil, and chili flakes.
- To assemble the momo, divide the dough into small balls (about the size of a golf ball). Roll each ball into a thin circle.
- Place a tablespoon of filling in the center of each circle.
- Bring the edges of the dough up and around the filling, pinching the edges together to seal the momo.
- To cook the momo, steam them in a steamer basket for about 12-15 minutes or until they are cooked through.
- Serve the momo hot with the dipping sauce.
Note: You can adjust the recipe to your taste or add more or less of some ingredients. You can also make the momo with a vegetable filling like grated or finely chopped carrots, beans, or cauliflower. You can also deep fry the momos for a crispy texture. Enjoy your homemade momo!