Vegetable Momo

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Ingredients

  • Dough for wrappers:
    • 3 cup All-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon oil
    • 1 cup water
    • Pinch of salt
  • Filling:
    • 3 cups assorted vegetables (spinach, cauliflower, carrot, green peas,
    • daikon, red pepper, green pepper), finely chopped
    • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup green onion, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon timur
    • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 3 fresh red chilies, minced
    • 1 cup Nepali cheese (paneer), roughly crushed
    • 2 tablespoon clarified butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek
    • 1 tablespoon water-flour mixture (thickening agent)
    • Salt to taste

Instructions

    Dough:
    In a large bowl combine flour, oil, salt and water. Mix well,

    knead until the dough becomes homogeneous in texture, about 8-10 min.

    Cover and let stand for at least 30 min. Knead well again before staging

    the wrappers.

    Filling:
    In a non-stick pan heat clarified butter, splitter fenugreek

    until it turns dark. Add chopped onions and sautee until just slightly

    light brown. Add turmeric, garlic, ginger, and chilies. Fry for 30

    sec. Put vegetables and stir-fry until slightly soft. Do NOT over

    stir-fry the vegetables. Salt and pepper the vegetable mixture. Add

    cheese, green onions and cilantro, mix well. To solidify the vegetable

    mixture, add one tablespoon of flour-water mixture. Mix the mass over

    until thickened. Transfer the vegetable filling into a bowl. Cover and

    refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow cooling.

    Assembly:
    Give the dough a final knead. Prepare 1-in. dough balls.

    Take a ball, roll between your palms to spherical shape. Dust working

    board with dry flour. On the board gently flatten the ball with your

    palm to about 2-in circle. Make a few semi-flattened circles, cover with

    a bowl. Use a rolling pin to roll out each flattened circle into a

    wrapper.

    For well excecuted MOMOs, it is essential that the middle

    portion of the wrapper be slightly thicker than the edges to ensure the structural

    integrity of dumplings during packing and steaming. Hold the edges of

    the semi-flattened dough with one hand and with the other hand begin

    rolling the edges of the dough out, swirling a bit at a time. Continue

    until the wrapper attains 3-in diameter circular shape. Repeat with the

    remaining few semi-flattened dough. Cover with bowl to prevent from

    drying.

    For packing hold wrapper on one palm, put one tablespoon of the

    filling mixture and with the other hand bring all edges together to the

    center, making the pleats. Pinch and twist the pleats to ensure the

    absolute closure of the stuffed dumpling. This holds the key to good

    tasting, juicy dumplings.

    Heat up a steamer, oil the steamer rack well. This is critical

    because it will prevent dumplings from sticking. Arrange uncooked MOMOs

    in the steamer. Close the lid, and allow steaming until the dumplings

    are cooked through, about 8-10 min. Take the dumplings off the steamer,

    and immediately serve. To serve, arrange the cooked MOMOs on a plate

    dressed with an ample amount of hot tomato achar (recipe follows).

Submitted by: Tulsi Regmi

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