Veg momos recipe is one of the most requested among Indian Chinese food recipes. Veg momos are a tantalizing, traditional food of Tibet and Nepal. Momos, dim sum, wontons are different names of a variety of savory dumplings that are popular China, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and in many North Eastern states of India.
- All purpose flour – 2 cups
- Oil – 1 tsp
- Salt to taste
- Water – luke warm to knead the flour
- For vegetable filling:
- Cabbage – 1 cup, packed, finely chopped
- Carrot – 3/4 cup, finely chopped
- Onion – 1, medium size, finely chopped
- Green chilies – 1-2, finely minced
- Garlic – 2 clove, finely minced
- Ginger – 1/2″, finely minced
- Soy sauce – 1 tsp
- Black pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
- Sugar – 1/4 tsp (optional)
- Salt to taste
METHOD FOR MAKING VEG MOMOS RECIPE
To make momos dough, place the flour, oil and salt in a bowl. Mix well and slowly add warm water to make a smooth and soft dough. Cover with a lid and set aside.
To make the vegetable filling, heat oil in a wide pan and add the garlic. Saute for a min, add the chopped green chilies and ginger and mix well. Add the chopped onions and saute for 3 mins till they turn translucent.
Add the chopped carrot and cook for 3-4 mins on medium heat. Add the chopped cabbage and cook for at least 8-10 mins.
Add soy sauce, black pepper powder and sugar and mix well. Turn off the heat and allow to come to room temperature. Just before placing the filling on the rolled out circle, add salt and mix.
To make momos, knead the dough again for 2-3 mins and pinch out small lemon sized balls of the dough and dust with flour. Roll out each ball into a 3″ or 4″ diameter circle. It should not be too thick or too thin in thickness.
Place a tablespoon of the prepared vegetable filling in the center of each rolled out circle. Do not overstuff as it will be difficult to form a neat pouch shape.
Beginning at one end of the flat circle, gather the edge to form pleats working your way around the circle. Bring the pleats together to form a pouch-like dumpling and seal the top.
Fill and shape all the rolled out circles into pouch-like dumplings. Cover them with a damp cloth to avoid drying out. Grease an aluminum or stainless steel steamer and place the shaped dumplings leaving a little space between each of them. Fill a vessel or pot that is large enough to place the steamer with 3″ to 4″ of water and bring water to a boil. Ensure that the bottom of the steamer does not touch the water.
Once the water coming to a rolling boil, place the steamer in the vessel and cover with lid. Steam on high heat for 10 mins. The momos are done when a shiny sheen appears over them.
These minimally flavored veg momos with red chutney make for a light yet satisfying dinner.
- You can use a pressure cooker to steam the momos. Do not use the weight while steaming momos.
- You can use a bamboo steamer too.
- You can line the steamer with cabbage leaves or husk of corn and place the shaped dumplings in it and steam. This prevents sticking of the momos to the vessel.