Today I am sharing a new recipe of cabbage wrapped pork momo (dumpling). Generally, we make dumpling wrapper from some kind of flour. But I’ve replaced that with cabbage wraps. I think it is an amazing combination. I made it on my weekend at my sister’s home who like pork. They say that this dumpling is particularly delicious because it is much more juicy. But you can also easily replace the stuffing with vegetables to make it a vegetable dumpling instead.
So, let’s start.
Ingredients for dumpling stuffing:
- Pork minced meat 1kg
- Chopped onion 500 gm
- Ginger garlic paste 2 tablespoons
- Spring onion 1 bunch chopped
- Fresh cilantro leaves 1 small bunch chopped
- Momo masala 1 spoon
- Turmeric powder half spoon
- Salt to taste
Ingredients for the wrapping
- One whole large cabbage weighing about 1 kg
- Toothpick (optional)
Clockwise: chopped onion, pork kima (minced pork meat), chopped spring onion, chopped cilantro leaves, ginger garlic paste
Step 1: First, transfer all the ingredients of the stuffing onto a large bowl. I am using the momo steamer here to mix it.
All 8 ingredients for the stuffing in one bowl
Step 2: Mix them thoroughly. Since I am using the steamer to mix them, I transferred the mixed stuffing to another tighter bowl.
The stuffing is ready
Step 3: Now, boil the whole cabbage in a pot of water. The leaves will come out much easily once we boil it. It also becomes pliant and soft which makes it easy to wrap. Let it boil for 10 minutes. Step 4: Remove the boiled cabbage from the water. Allow it to cool enough that we can work with it. Gently peel off the cabbage leaves. Cut off the hard veins and parts as necessary.
Step 5: The outer leaves of the cabbages are much bigger so cut each of them into half. Now, our wrapper is ready. Place about a tablespoon of stuffing onto the cabbage leaf. Fold up the sides of the cabbage leaves on all four sides making sure that there is no opening left for the stuffing to seep out juice during steaming.
A rectangular fold is easily made. If you like, you can also wrap the cabbage leaves around the stuffing and tie it at the top with toothpicks. But it is not necessary. The leaves fold easily enough.
Step 6: Place these finished momo onto the steamer baskets and steam for 10 minutes in medium flame or until cooked thoroughly.
Step 7: Our healthy cabbage wrapped dumplings are ready. Serve hot with tomato sauce or hot chilly sauce or special momo sauce. For an easy momo sauce recipe, please visit this old post of mine: Momo with a twist-Spinach (Paalak) Momo and follow the process from step 18 onward.
Enjoy this healthy and delicious momo as lunch, snacks or dinner.