Yum!  I have loved momos since my first visit to Nepal in 2008.  Yesterday after work Rina (the house cook) and Lok’s daughter Nicole taught all of us how to make momos.  They are little dumplings made of white flour and water filled with water buffalo, chicken, veggies (or a mix of both).  Sounds pretty simple, but wait until you have to fold the dough around the filling to make little pleats in the dough – looks simpler than you would think! The dough is easily made by mixing the water and wheat flour by hand and leaving the dough to sit whilst making the filling.  We made meat momos which included ground water buffalo meat, grated ginger, grated garlic, diced onions, diced cabbage, chopped cilantro, dash of salt and “momo spices” which to me tasted like garam masala with extra chilli.  Once the filling was made, all of us sat around the kitchen floor, stuffing the meat filling into small rounds of the dough. 

Gang of volunteers making momos

Gang of volunteers making momos

Poor Nicole had to seal the momos with holes before they were steamed. 

Nicole doing QA

Nicole doing QA

The end result

The end result

The 3-tiered steamer

The 3-tiered steamer

They were steamed for about 15 mins and are then served with a delicious dipping sauce. The dipping sauce is made of chopped skinless tomatoes, a little ginger & garlic, salt, as many chillis as heat you like and a little bit of water (depends if what consistency you would like the sauce to be).  Then you blend and the dipping sauce is ready.

Dipping sauce in the blender - the electricity was working!

Dipping sauce in the blender – the electricity was working!

Nicole invited some friends to come by for momos, so we all sat and enjoyed mountains of momos  They were scoffed before I had time to take a photo of our plates.  But they were very good and we were all very full …….not having had this much meat since I arrived over a month ago. Lok and family laughed at the shape of the momos but we had done our best, and the shapes were judged to be ‘OK’.  I guess I won’t be opening up a momo shop anytime soon.

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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3 Responses to Momos

  1. Gary Lutke says:

    Kate you need to keep good track of these recipes so you can pen a recipe book when you get back (you know, to give to all your friends).

  2. Debra Walsh says:

    Kate thank you so much for sharing your day to day experiences with all of us. I am transported visually and spiritually!
    Deb 🙂

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