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Monday, September 13, 2010

Chicken Momo

A delicious snack to enjoy during winters. Originated from Northen Nepal and Tibet, these are steamed or fried dumplings with minced meat or vegetables. Very simple to prepare and tastes divine!!! Today I'm going to post the non-veg version. When I was in Delhi, almost every fortnight I used to go to Lajpat Nagar or Sarojani Nagar to relish this yummy snack at an affordable price. It was hard to believe seeing freshly made momos prepared in front of you in less than 15 minutes. I'm particularly talking about one lady who started off her business very humbly and on low profile but within a span of few months her popularity incresed immensely. However, she did not compromise on the quality nor increased the price drastically in last few  years. Whenever I visit Lajpat Nagar I make it a point to stop by in that stall for a plate of mouthwatering momos.  

Serves15, Preparation time: 20 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes

For Dough:
2 cups all-purpose Flour
1 tbsp Oil
Salt as required
Water as required

300 gms Chicken (minced)
2 Onions (finely chopped)
1 tbsp Garlic (chopped)
3 tsp ginger (chopped)
3-4 Spring onions
2-3 Green chillies
Salt & pepper to taste

Preparing the Filling:
Pressure cook the minced chicken with 1/4 cup water and salt till 1 whistle. Lelease the steam. Open the lid and drain out excess water from the minced chicken by using a stainer. Mix the remaining ingredients of filling. Mix well and keep it in refrigerator for an hour. Now heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the filling mixture till it turns light brown. Keep aside.

Preparing the Dough:
In a large bowl combine flour, oil, salt and water. Knead into a smooth ball of dough. The dough should not cling to you hand. Knead well until you have a nice stiff dough. To moister the content of the dough intact, put the dough inside a container with the lid on for 1/2 an hour.

Arranging Wrapper:
Tear off a small portion of dough and roll between your hands to shape them round. Dust the working board with little flour and gently flatten the ball with rolling pin. The size should be 2-3 inches in diameter. In order to ensure well prepared momos it's important that the middle of the wrapper should be slightly thicker than the edges. This will ensure that while packaging the filling, the juices does not pour out from the wrapper. Place 1 tsp filling of chicken in the middle of the wrapper and seal it by making the pleats of the edges.

Continue folding and pinching all around the edges of the wrapper till you reach the starting point.
 Gently twist all the pleats in the clock wise direction, so that the content are sealed.

How to Fry:
In a deep frying pan, heat oil & fry the momos. Make sure to fry the momos on medium flame and stir these momos so that they are evenly fried. Serve hot momos with a hot tomato-garlic sauce (this sauce recipe I'm going to post in my next post) or with a clear soup.

User Comments & Tips:

  • The wrappers can be made of two different shapes, one is round style that I have made here another is half moon shaped. Generally round shape is made for meat stuffing and half moon shape for vegetable momos.
  • Instead of frying you can steam the momos on idli stand. Just do remember to oil the idli pan before placing the momos, so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. Steam the momos for 15 minutes in the pressure cooker.
  • While preparing momos in batches put a damp cloth over your dough balls to sustain the moisture.  



  1. Hi Deepa,

    Chicken explaination...lovely clicks...


  2. supurb.... i have already tried the steamed ones.... will try the fried ones nw.... and this time according to ur reciepe :-) ....... Amrita

  3. tomar chicken momo dekhle amar chele bolbe amake banate. ami chicken khayeena, will prefer veg ones. kokhono barite banai-ni...tomar lekhata pore bhabchi ekbar try korbo.

  4. Beautiful n very tempting clicks...I love this one too...!

  5. love love love momos but prefer steamed ones more. looks delectable and very well explained Deepa.

  6. Thank you friends for your lovely comments.

    @Sayantani: Ok, next time Tomar jonne veg steamed momos post korbo

    @Amrita: thanks re :-)

  7. mouthwatering...n yummy chicken momos..

  8. Hi deepa, you can crush maggi veg cubes try it when you find time...

  9. well presented..looks so mouthwatering..yummy yumm

  10. delicious momos ..i once had sweet version of these momos ...thanks for sharing dear ..i must try some veggie version of these cute momos


  11. Delicoius momos..You have got lovely swirls in the momos! Neat!

    US Masala

  12. Delicious and cute momos..mouthwatering, love the fillings

  13. Wow...soooo tempting! I found a nepalese restaurant near my house after 8 months of search..went in and ordered 4 plates of momos and nothing else..liked the neat swirls in your momos a lot!Lovely presentation.
    Sinfully Spicy

  14. Very delicious. Oh! I feel like having chicken momo now..Lovely presentation with yummy picture

  15. Dear Deepa, ami akta Bamboo steamer kinechhi momo banabo bole....momo recipe ei khujbo khujbo korchhi aar tumi post kore dile...ami steam kore banabo..thanks a lot for posting this mouth-watering dish....darun presentation hoechhe...aar khub clear kore puro detail e likhechho...Tumi sauce ki kore banao momo-r??? ami akta pasta recipe post korechhi...dekho...

  16. Lovely presentation. The swirls are so perfect and looks so perfect !!

  17. Cute looking momos, feel like grabbing some rite now..

  18. Awesome...Perfect ! Loved your presentation too.Am craving for some now :-)

  19. Yummy momos...perfect clicks and very nicely explained


  20. Yummy winter snack. I loved the wrapper. Its amazing.

  21. wow, wow, wow, mouth watering recipes you're posting these days, deepa..what to say, no word, just yumm, yumm, yumm..beautifully presented and clicked

  22. I have heard about momos quite a few times but have never got the chance yet to try them. They look fantastic, I am sure they taste yummy too! Remind me of Chinese dumplings which I love. Would definitely try them in the future!

  23. Love it. Thanks for sharing this recipe with step wise pics.

  24. Hello! This looks delicious! I would love to try. The shape is similar to the Chinese soup dumpling I had the other day. Mine was steamed but fried sounds good too!

  25. momos looks perfect and delicious..very nicely done and presented..I am craving some now..

  26. Nice step by step presentation. Momos look awesome!

  27. lovely chicken memos..very much like kachories! great clicks too Deepa!

  28. heard abt this, but never had it... I love the packaging of momos !

  29. Love your presentation, sounds so yummy dear...

  30. Thanks a lot for chicken momo recipe. My hubby and myself are fond of momo and I will definitely try your recipe. Looks so delicious that I am drooling seeing the chicken momos.

  31. Hi Deepa,
    Momos look great ! beautiful shape ....
    first time here....happy to follow ur recipes :)

  32. ths luks yummy Anusha...lovely..

  33. Looks so gud Hema ..I want to grab a few :)

  34. The momos are good but wont be as tasty as it looks.Sorry but I know how to make better and tastier momos than this.


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