How many of you have had dumplings? Dumplings can be easily found in Chinese or Thai restaurants and I am assuming that a lot of you must have tried them atleast once. These are basically steamed or fried balls of veggies or meat (chicken/pork/beef) wrapped in a thin sheet of dough made of either whole wheat flour or more popularly made of all-purpose flour. So, there goes a basic explanation of what a dumpling really is.
Now tell me how many of you are in love with dumplings? ME, ME, ME! Let me get to the point where I tell you that I am a crazy, I-can-eat-them-everyday kind of crazy about them!
In India, especially in the capital, New Delhi, these dumplings are popularly called MOMOS and are easily available within a 2 mile radius of wherever you are in the capital. These have been my biggest weakness in terms of food ever since I had them the first time. I LOVE MOMOS! And I prefer to have them steamed rather than fried. And I am not exaggerating when I say that I can never have enough of these and can have them every single day! Now to make sense and to justify my obsession to my friends and family, I resort to various excuses. The most used one is that these are very healthy as they involve no frying, no extra fat and are cooked using the healthiest form of cooking: Steaming. These are true facts! And I would believe so till, I don’t know, forever!
So let me share my recipe with you, which once again is super simple!
500 grams minced chicken (you can use pork or beef also)
1 small sized onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1-2 large green chillies, finely chopped (I like mine hot!)
1 cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
½ tsp red chilli powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
¼ tsp garam masala powder (easily available at Indian stores)
½ tsp chaat masala (easily available at Indian stores)
35-40 wonton wrappers
1 tbsp oil
Salt to taste
Combine all the ingredients except the wonton wrappers and mix well so that everything comes together.
Now keep a small bowl of water near your work surface. Take a wonton wrapper and place about a tablespoon of stuffing in the middle. Wet the outer edges using some of that water. Now take two of the opposite corners together and pinch them together. Now take the other two corners and seal the edges so that there are no open seams. If you need help on how to wrap the momos, you can refer to the hundreds of tutorials available on youtube.
Make all these parcels ahead and place them carefully on the steamer pan. Cook these momos for 15-18 minutes. By this time, the outer covering would have become translucent.
Your momos are ready to be enjoyed!
These momos are usually paired with some hot red chilli garlic sauce in Delhi. You can use the store bought sriracha sauce or homemade chilli garlic sauce to enjoy these with!
If you would like the recipe for the chilli garlic sauce, please let me know in the comments below. I hope some of you do try this quick, tasty and healthy dish! If you do, let me know your experience!