Momo (dumpling) without steamer.

I have been experimenting in my kitchen with limited resources during this lockdown. So here is another product that I am happy with. I wanted to have momo for dinner but I don’t have a momo steamer. So, I decided to be a little inventive. I not only had steam momo but also kothe (brown on one side steam on the other). And then I also had soup. So here is the recipe for 3 different styles of momo during lockdown when you don’t have a proper dumpling steamer or momo bhada.

Ingredients for dough

1. 3 cups of white flour (maida)

2. Water as required

3. A pinch of salt pinch

Instructions for dough

Add flour in a large bowl and add salt. Mix well and add water and knead the dough. After kneading, cover the dough with clean cloth or wrap plastic bag. Let is sit for 30 minutes.

Ingredients for vegetable momo stuffing:

1. Paneer ( cottage cheese) 200 gm.

2. Cabbage 200 gm.

3. Carrot 200 gm.

4. Onion 2 piece.

5. Garlic 3 pieces.

6. Ginger 1 small piece.

7. Spring onion 1 bunch if possible.

8. Oil or butter 2 tea tablespoon.

9. Salt to taste.

10. momo masala 1 tea tablespoon.

11. Green chilly 3 pieces.

Instructions for stuffing

Step 1. Heat pan and add oil or butter. When it heats up, add onion, garlic, ginger and chilly. Step 2. Fry until light brown. Add chopped cabbage, chopped carrot, and fry for 5 minutes. Add momo masala, salt, and then add grated paneer. Step 3. Remove from heat and mix well. Let it cool. Step 4. On a flat surface, roll the dough into a thin sheet. Make circle shape for wrappers by cutting with a cup. Step 5. Now, add the stuffing onto the wrapper and pinch to make dumpling shapes as you like. Here’s a video to illustrate how to wrap momos if you are a beginner.

Step 6. Now to cook it, this is my setup. Because I have a steamer basket from a rice cooker, I used that. I put some water in a frying pan and then added my momo on the steamer basket. I then put the steamer basket on top of the frying pan. Then I covered it with a lid. The photos make my setup clear. Steam the momo for 10 to 15 minutes or until the dough becomes soft.
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