Darjeeling Momo’s with Chilli Sauce


Fresh India 130 Quick, Easy and Delicious Vegetarian Recipes for Every DayThese fun little dumplings are the most popular street snack in Darjeeling, thanks to the thousands of Tibetans who have made the town their home since the 1960s. They’re enjoyable to make, but more so on a weekend when you’re over-indexing on enthusiasm and patience. If you’re running short on either, you can buy momo wrappers from a Chinese supermarket, or roll out a sheet of dough and use a cookie cutter to cut the wrappers out. The method below is for rolling them individually.

  • Yield: 20


For the Momo Wrappers
  • 200 g plain flour (plus extra to dust)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
For the Chilli Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1½ teaspoons chilli flakes
  • 2 teaspoons rice or white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or honey
For the Filling
  • 3 tablespoons rapeseed oil
  • 4 cm ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 medium carrots (about 200 g), peeled and roughly diced
  • 0.33 of a head of green cabbage (200 g), shredded
  • 200 g hard paneer, roughly diced
  • 0.33 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
  • 4 pring onions, finely sliced
How to Make It
  1. First make the momo wrappers. Mix the flour and salt in a big bowl, make a well and, little by little, add 110ml of water. Knead the dough until smooth, then cover with a clean, slightly damp towel.
  2. Put the ingredients for the chilli sauce into a bowl and stir briskly to dissolve the sugar. To make the filling, put a tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and, when hot, add the ginger and garlic. Stir-fry for a minute, add the carrots and fry for another couple of minutes. Add the cabbage, paneer, salt and soy sauce, and cook until the vegetables are tender. The mixture should be quite dry – if not, turn the heat up until the liquid evaporates. Add the spring onions, then take off the heat and allow to cool. Tip into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Prepare a couple of lightly floured baking trays. Using your hands, roll the dough into a long even sausage shape and divide into 4 pieces. Take one and cover the rest with a damp tea towel. Cut the portion of dough into 5 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, dust with flour and, on a well-floured surface, roll out to around 8 cm in diameter. Lay the prepared wrappers on the trays and continue with the rest of the dough.
  4. When the wrappers are rolled, take a heaped teaspoon of the filling and put it in the middle of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper in half over the filling. Press shut, then, starting from one side, fold over the corner of the seam and repeat until you reach the seam’s end. Brush the momos with a little oil and lay on a non-stick surface.
  5. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large lidded non-stick frying pan. Place half the momos in the pan (or as many as will comfortably fit) and fry for around 3 minutes, until brown on the bottom. Turn the heat down to low, add 3 tablespoons of water and cover with the lid. Steam them for a further 4 to 5 minutes, until the liquid has evaporated and the momo wrappers are translucent, then repeat with the rest. Eat hot, dunked in the chilli sauce.

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