Friday, December 18, 2009


Momos- Perhaps among the most popular street foods in India. A long lane in a Delhi marketplace seems incomplete unless it is dotted with a Momowalla selling these astonishingly low prices I might add, probably another reason why they got this popular.
Its amazing how good something so simple to make can taste. Be it fried or steamed. And its healthy too.
Make a soft (but firm) dough using maida (white flour) and a pinch of salt. Knead dough till it springs backs when pressed. Dont over knead. Keep aside for half hour wrapped in a cling film.

Mix 1 small cup raw chicken mince with 1/4 cup chopped spring onions, 2 tsp finely chopped ginger, 4 tsp finely chopped garlic, 3 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves, 1/4 cup grated carrots, 4 tsp soy sauce, 2tsp fish sauce, and black pepper and salt to taste. I find adding about 2-3 meduim sized prawns, finely chopped to this mixture takes up the taste by several notches.
If making Sea Food Momo: Keeping the rest of the quantities same, reduce soy sauce to 4tsp and garlic to 3 tsp. Sea food reqires less salt and there is salt in soy sauce and fish sauce so be careful while adding salt.
Vegetarian momo: Use a medley of grated carrots, finely chopped cabbage, roughly chopped peas, sweet corn, spring onions, cauliflower any veggie you like basically, specially root vegetables like potatoes, even radish if you like it . Add to a cup of veggies, 3tsp soy sauce, 1tsp finely chopped ginger, 2 and 1/2tsp garlic, finely chopped coriander, salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with the following sauce: Its simple to make and will stay in fridge for a week. Tastes great with momos
Heat a tsp of vegetable oil in a small pan. Fry 5 tbsp of finely chopped garlic, and 2 tsp of finely chopped green chillies. After 1 minute, add 1/2 cup vinegar, 2 tbsp sugar and let boil till vinegar reduces a little- say, 5-6 minutes. Add 1 tbsp soy sauce, tiny pinch of salt and red chilly paste. Stir. Take off Heat. Let cool completely before serving.
To make the red chilly paste simply soak dry red chillies for half hour in warm water and grind to a paste.

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