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Vegetable Momos - Vegetable Dumplings - Starter Recipes

Vegetable momos are a super addictive snack that everyone likes. Most of the Chinese restaurants have different varieties like vegetable momos, fried momos, green momos, chicken momos etc. One of the common momos you can easily find on the streets is the vegetable momos. 


It is a simple snack, but it requires some time to finish the whole process. If you prepare the vegetable stuffing earlier, you can prepare the momos easily within 20 minutes. I made several experiments to bring  the thin outer layer and finally my husband did it. He always wanted to recreate dishes like samosa and parotta  to bring the perfect texture. A few years ago, I  prepared ten samosa recipes for Aval kitchen magazine which was prepared fully by my husband. I just made the stuffing and deep fried it. He made the samosa patties perfectly and it tasted good. Here for momos also he used the same technique to prepare the outer layer and the momos turn perfect. 

It's very simple to prepare the vegetable stuffing. All you have to do is to finely chop the vegetables and then we have to stir fry with plenty of aromatics like ginger and garlic and toss them well with pepper powder and soya sauce. You don't need to add water for cooking the vegetables and the vegetables must be a little crisp, which is what I like in the momos. 



Once you prepare the vegetable stuffing, start preparing the outer layer for the momos. Knead the dough on the rolling board without any cracks and then prepare small balls. To make the outer layer, roll a portion of the dough into a small circle. Roll another 2 more circles of the same size. Now take one small circle and spread 1/4 tsp oil and flour over the circle and place another circle one over the other. Repeat the same process for another circle and then place another circle. Now gently roll again into a thin circle. Gently separate each circle from the edges. Once you're done, you can start stuffing the momos and then make momos, whatever shapes you want and steam it for 7 to 9 minutes.  

Here is the video link for Vegetable Momos


My article in Vikatan about my Vegetable Momos Recipe

https://www.vikatan.com/food/veg-momos

Vegetable Momos Recipe Details

Prep time : 45 minutes
Cook time : 20 minutes
Yields : 15 momos
Category : starter
Author : Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan  

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup all purpose flour (maida)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrot 
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped celery
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onion whites
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onion leaves 
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder 
  • 1/2 tsp soya sauce
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp oil

Cooking Directions 

1. For the dough

Take a bowl and add all purpose flour, salt and oil. Mix well. Add water little by little and knead a firm dough. If the dough appears sticky, add flour and knead it well. Do not make the  dough soft, then it will be difficult to make a thin outer layer. Cover the dough and keep aside for 30 minutes.



2. For the vegetable filling 

Heat oil in a kadai and add ginger and garlic. Saute for 3 seconds. Do not brown them. Then add the spring onion whites and celery. Stir and saute for 1 minute. Add the chopped carrot and cabbage. Stir and saute the vegetables on high heat for 3 minutes. Then add salt, black pepper powder and soy sauce. Continue to stir well until the vegetables are mixed well and add the spring onion greeens. Turn off the heat and allow the stuffing to cool down. 



3. Shaping the momos 

Place the dough on your kitchen counter top or on the rolling board and knead the dough smoothly without any cracks for 5 minutes. Make a 9 inches log and cut it into equal balls. Shape the balls once again with your palms. 


Take each ball and roll into a small circle. Prepare three circles of equal sizes.Place the first circle on the rolling board and spread little oil and sprinkle little flour over the circle. Place another circle and do the same method. Place the third circle over the second dusted circle and roll again into a thin circle.




Now gently separate the circles from the edges and now you can get a thin outer layer for the momos. Repeat the steps to make the momos outer layer. The edges have to be thin and the centre must be thick. 


Now place 2 to 3 tbsp vegetable stuffing in the centre. From one side start pleating tightly and join the pleats in the centre. Prepare all the momos according to your comfort and keep it covered until you are ready to steam them. Add 1 cup water in an idli pot and allow it to boil . 




Grease the plate with little oil and place the momos. Cover and steam cook for 7 to 9 minutes. Don't need to cook the momos for more than 9 minutes because it becomes very hard. 

 

Serve it hot with hot sauce or tomato chutney. 





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