Thursday, 27 October 2011




     1)    Maida (refined white wheat flour) – 500 gm.
     2)    Eggs – 2 Nos.
     3)    Milk – around 100 ml.
     4)    Salt – 2 teaspoons
     5)    Cabbage – 200 gm.
     6)    Onion – 50 gm.
     7)    Beans – 150 gm.
     8)    Carrot – 100 gm.
     9)    Hot green chili – 1
     10)     Pepper powder – 1 teaspoon
     11)     Gingelly oil (sesame oil) – 1 tablespoon

About This Snack:

          Tibetan momos are truly delicious steamed snacks with an outer jacket made of maida and a filling of either cooked vegetables or of meat. We first tasted these wonderful momos from a roadside food cart at the golden temple in the Tibetan settlement of Kushal Nagar in Karnataka, India.

          My children loved these so much that they started pestering me to make them every day. At first, I tried to make the outer jackets with maida alone but they would stick and tear on steaming. Then I used milk and eggs to knead the maida and made the jacket. It was an instant success.

          I am happily sharing that recipe with you now. You will love this food. Do cook the momos and also do experiment with different fillings such as eggs, fish, meat, mushrooms, cottage cheese (paneer), prawns or crabmeat.

To Cook:

          Knead the flour with eggs, milk and a level teaspoon of salt until it binds nicely, adding a little more milk if necessary. Make small balls the size of large olives or small gooseberries and set aside.

          Peel the onion and the carrot. Remove the edges and the fibrous strings of the beans. Chop all the vegetables including the green chili to super fine pieces. Set a wok or pan on the stove. Pour in the gingelly oil. Chuck in the vegetables, a level teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of pepper powder. Stir fry for 1 minute and switch off the heat.

          Now flatten the maida bowls with a rolling pin to small round puris. Put a small spoonful of the stir fried vegetables in the center. Fold once and press the edges of the jacket with your thumb and finger to stick them together in a nice half-moon shape. Pour water in a steamer and set on the stove. When the water starts boiling, arrange the stuffed momos one by one in the steam section and put on the lid. Steam for 15 minutes and serve hot with mustard chili sauce (recipe given separately).

Bon app├ętit!!!

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