Nepal’s Irresistible Delight: A Taste of Momos

Nepal, a land of diverse traditions and captivating flavors, boasts a culinary gem that has won hearts far beyond its borders—Momos. These delectable dumplings are not just a snack; they are a cherished part of Nepali culture and an embodiment of the country’s warm hospitality. In this blog post, we’ll embark on a flavorful journey through the recipe of Momos, a dish that encapsulates the essence of Nepal.


For the Momo Dough:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • Water

For the Momo Filling:

  • 1/2 pound of ground meat (chicken, lamb, or beef) or vegetables for a vegetarian option
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
  • 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


1. Preparing the Momo Dough

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and a pinch of salt.
  • Gradually add water and knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  • Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for about 30 minutes.

2. Preparing the Momo Filling

  • In a bowl, combine the ground meat or vegetables, finely chopped onion, minced garlic, minced ginger, chopped green chilies, and fresh cilantro leaves.
  • Season the mixture with cumin powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.

3. Assembling the Momos

  • Take a small portion of the dough and roll it into a ball. Roll out the ball into a thin, circular wrapper using a rolling pin.
  • Place a spoonful of the filling in the center of the wrapper.
  • Fold the wrapper in half to create a half-moon shape.
  • Pinch the edges together to seal the momo. You can also create pleats along the edge for an attractive look.

4. Steaming the Momos

  • Arrange the momos on a greased steamer basket or tray, ensuring they are not touching each other.
  • Steam the momos over boiling water for about 15-20 minutes or until they are cooked through. The dough should become translucent, and the filling should be cooked.

5. Serving Momos

  • Momos are traditionally served with a dipping sauce made of soy sauce, vinegar, and red chili paste. You can adjust the spice level to your preference.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and serve hot.

Momos are more than just a culinary delight; they are a cultural embodiment of Nepal’s warmth and hospitality. Whether enjoyed as a street snack, a family meal, or a special treat, momos have a unique way of bringing people together. They are a delightful reminder of the diversity and richness of Nepali cuisine—a cuisine that captures the heart and taste buds of all who have the pleasure of savoring these delectable dumplings.

Leave a Reply

Translate »