Friday, 27 November 2015

Momos/Steamed Dumplings -North eastern starter

Momos are made from all purpose flour and usually steamed. They are also pan fried and served with red garlic chutney/sauce. They can be filled with vegetarian stuffing or non vegetarian stuffing and termed as veg or non veg momos. Lets gather ingredients required for it.

Ingredients for Momos dough :

1 Cup All purpose flour/Maida
1 tbsp Oil
Water as required for kneading dough
Salt to taste

Ingredients for Stuffing :

1 Carrot
1 cup Cabbage
1 Capsicum
1 tbsp Garlic paste
Salt to taste
1 tsp Black pepper
1 tsp Soya Sauce
1 tsp Red Chilli Sauce
1 tsp Tomato ketchup
2 tbsp Oil

Ingredients for Red garlic chutney :

3 Medium sized Tomatoes
1 finely chopped Onion
1 tbsp Chopped Garlic
2 Chopped Green Chilli
1 Tsp Soya Sauce
2 tsp Tomato ketchup
1 tsp Red chilli Sauce
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
Salt to taste

Method : Mix all the ingredients of dough together and knead stiff dough. Cover it with damp cloth and set aside for 1 hour. For  stuffing take oil in pan, heat it add garlic paste and saute till raw smell goes away. Finely chop all the vegetables with help of food processor or manually and add to pan and saute for 3-4 mins. Add all the spices and sauces and mix well and switch off flame. Let it cool down completely before filling in momos.

After one hour take dough and divide it into small balls and roll it into small circular chapati form by applying little oil on rolling board to avoid sticking. Rolled chapati should be little thick from middle and thin from outer area. Now put 1-2 tbsp stuffing inside each dumpling and apply water at sides, bring the side together in centre by pinching firmly together to form dumpling. Remember to cover the dough and prepared dumpling with damp cloth.

Now in a steamer heat water and place dumplings on steamer plates and steam for 10-15 mins till they are done at medium flame. Usually it takes 15 mins maximum. Take them out and serve with red garlic chutney.

For Chutney, blend the tomatoes in a mixer and now heat oil in pan saute chopped garlic than add finely chopped onions, green chilli and cook till onions become transparent in color, add blended tomatoes and saute till whole chutney becomes dry a bit. Add all the spices and sauces and mix well, cook for 1-2 mins till it is of chutney consistency. Add little water if your chutney is bit dry. Switch off flame and cool it.

Serve hot dumplings with red chilli chutney. If you want fried version than roast dumplings with this chutney in pan for 2-3 mins they are done.

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