Dumplings of Delight: Crafting Flavorful Vegetable Momos at Home

Dumplings of Delight: Crafting Flavorful Vegetable Momos at Home

Momo is a popular Tibetan and Nepalese dumpling that has gained popularity across various parts of South Asia. It is a famous street food in Kolkata. It is made with a filling of vegetables, wrapped in a thin dough, and steamed or fried. Here's a recipe for making delicious momos:


For the Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Water, as needed

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup vegetables (such as cabbage, carrots, and mushrooms)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (coriander leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Dipping Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
  • Finely chopped cilantro (coriander leaves) for garnish


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and salt. Gradually add water and knead to form a smooth dough. Cover the dough and let it rest for about 30 minutes.

  2. In a separate bowl, prepare the filling. Combine the ground meat or vegetables with chopped onion, minced garlic, grated ginger, chopped cilantro, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.

  3. Take a small portion of the dough and roll it into a thin, circular shape using a rolling pin. The size should be around 3-4 inches in diameter.

  4. Place a spoonful of the filling in the center of the rolled dough.

  5. To shape the momos, fold the dough in half to cover the filling, then pinch and pleat the edges to seal it. You can choose any pleating style that you prefer.

  6. Repeat the process for the remaining dough and filling, shaping all the momos.

  7. To steam the momos, lightly grease a steamer basket or line it with cabbage leaves to prevent sticking. Place the momos in the steamer, leaving some space between each one.

  8. Steam the momos for about 10-12 minutes or until the dough becomes translucent and the filling is cooked through.

  9. While the momos are steaming, prepare the dipping sauce by combining soy sauce, rice vinegar or lime juice, sesame oil, and chili flakes (if using) in a small bowl. Mix well.

  10. Once the momos are cooked, carefully remove them from the steamer and serve them hot with the dipping sauce.

  11. Garnish the dipping sauce with finely chopped cilantro.

Enjoy your homemade momos as a delightful appetizer or snack. They are best enjoyed when served hot and fresh.

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