It's quite easy to make and doesn't take much of time. You can also prepare the momos ahead of time and steam them whenever required, to give your guests a surprise treat.
For the Momo Dough:
All purpose flour/ Maida - 1 cup (makes 12-15 momos)
(You can also mix wheat flour with Maida. The colour is a bit yellowish and taste differs but healthy.)
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Water as required
For the Filling:
Onions finely chopped - 1/2 cup
Garlic finely chopped - 2 tsp
Carrot grated / juliened - 1 cup
Cabbage grated/ finely chopped - 1 cup
Green chilli finely chopped - 1
Spring onion - 2 strings (optional)
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Soya Sauce - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Sugar - a pinch
1. Mix the maida/flour with salt and oil. Add water slowly as required and make a dough in the consistency of Poori Dough (not too soft). Keep it aside. I mixed 1/4 cup wheat flour with 3/4 cup maida, so it turned to yellowish momos rather than white :)
2. Heat a pan with oil, add the chopped garlic and saute well. Add the onions, green chillies and salt. Let it cook for 2 mins.
3. Now add the veggies - carrot and cabbage. Add a pinch of sugar and stir fry the mix on high flame. Let it cook for 3-4 mins without overcooking the veggies. (You can also add capsicum if you like them in momos)
4. Add pepper powder and soya sauce. Mix well for 2 mins and switch off.
5. Now take your momo dough, make small sized balls and flatten it into thin circles with a rolling pin like we do for poori. Dust with flour if required. The size of the flattened circle should not me bigger than your inner palm.
6. Keep a spoon of filling inside the circle, and start to fold the sides of the momo like pleats. Hold all the pleats together and make a bundle. You can make momos in any shape you want like somas (semi-circle with folded edges), triangle like samosas, etc.
7. Heat a steamer or boiler, place a plate greased with oil on top of the boiling water (like we do for idli/kozhukattai). Keep these momos lined up for steaming on the plate. Close the lid of the steamer and let it cook for 5 mins.
8. You can insert a toothpick into the momo and take out to check if it is cooked. If there is no dough sticking to the toothpick, you can take out the hot momos with a tongs (don't burn your fingers) and serve them with red chilli chutney or tomato sauce.
Piping hot juicy Momos with spicy sauce :)
Hope you liked the recipe. It would make a great snack too on a rainy day.
Keep trying varieties of recipes and cuisines at home.