Nepalese Vegetable Momos

Cute little parcels of healthy and yummy goodness drenched in tangy potato gravy and topped with hot and spicy chili-sesame oil can disappear in no time!

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My first real taste of what authentic momo is was in this beautiful place, Pulbazar, nestled in a valley of Darjeeling Himalayan hill region. It was my first visit to my sister’s in laws home nestled among the Darjeeling’s well-known lush tea gardens and a flowing river Rangeet.

Sitting on the open terrace kitchen and listening to the gentle sounds of a flowing river, I learnt the art of making momos. While the men were busy entertaining the kids, the ladies huddled together to make more than 200 momos that evening. But who was counting? No fancy equipments, just pure skill of efficiently rolling and folding these little parcels of deliciousness. And it was one of the most soul satisfying meals I had, the memories of which prompts me to write the recipe down.

The recipe is a heavy adaptation of what I learnt that evening but with a twist of my own. Traditionally, the beautifully pleated momos are served with a broth of the leftover vegetable trimmings and a spicy tomato chutney. My version is steamed or pan fried momos drenched in a watery aloo dum (a potato curry), topped with a spicy peanut-tomato chutney, sesame-chili oil and completed with crunchy noodles. Absolute bliss!

You can use ready dumpling wrappers available at Asian stores or make the wrappers from scratch. It is a time-consuming recipe but worth the effort. So, go ahead, bring the family together and have your kids join you in folding the wrappers, making the process not only fun to eat but fun to make.

Some other recipes that you may like:

  1. Vegetarian thukpa – noodles in a spicy broth
  2. Chili-peanut wontons in lemon coriander soup
  3. Pumpkin and pear soup
  4. Dhansak (vegetarian), Parsi style
  5. Vegetarian protein frankie in beetroot paratha

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2 thoughts on “Nepalese Vegetable Momos”

  1. Kanchan Gupta

    I have never heard of Momo’s with Aloo dum.. am.so tempted to try this now ! Will surely make this. Sounds delish ..

    Btw I roll the momo sheets on my pasta maker and then use a round lid to cut them 🙂 lazy Cook’s shortcut.

    1. It is indeed delish. This is the way I ate in a tiny little shop in Darjeeling and fell in love with it. Do try and let me know how it turned out for you. And thank you so much for sharing the trick on momo sheets! I love all ‘shortcuts’ and this is so clever! will try it next time 🙂

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