Momos are traditionally made from flour, water, and salt that are kneaded into a dough and then boiled until they're light and fluffy. They can be filled with anything from minced meat to vegetables or even sweetened condensed milk or cottage cheese(paneer).
Momo shops usually open early in the morning so that customers have plenty of time to get their fill before work. And since momos are best when freshly made, many stores keep them fresh by baking them in the oven or frying them up right on the spot.
What brought momos to the popularity they have attained?
Momos became popular because of their affordability and convenience - you can eat them on the go without having to spend a lot of money. Additionally, momos are often served as an appetiser or snack during festivals and other social events.
There are many variations of momos available across the country, but some common ingredients include potato filling, chicken, mashed vegetables simmered in spices or paneer(cottage cheese). Momo enthusiasts love trying different flavours and varieties to find their favourite!
How are momos and dumplings different?
Dumplings are a type of steamed or boiled dumpling that is made from either wheat flour, rice, maize (corn), potatoes, tapioca starch, chia seeds etc. while momos are also somewhat similar but they usually consist of fermented fillings such as minced meat and/or vegetables wrapped in dough. The two can be differentiated by the way they are cooked: dumplings should always be boiled in water or broth before being steamed so that the wrapper doesn't stick to the pot; momos may also be fried after being rolled into small balls and then deep-fried.
How to make momos at home?
Making momos is easy and a great way to use up leftovers. All you need are some basic ingredients, namely wheat flour, water, salt, oil or ghee (clarified butter), and mint leaves. The most important part of the process is to make sure your dough is very soft so that it can be filled with Vegetables or meats as desired.
To shape the momos: first make a small well in the centre of the dough using your palm and add just enough water to cover the masa (dough). Gently knead until smooth and set aside for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes have elapsed, roll out the dough on a floured surface until it's about 1/2 inch thick. Use a round cookie cutter or drinking glass to cut out circles from the dough; do not over-fill them since they will puff up during cooking.