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 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. 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 2013-2014. 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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