By Food E Fare

Momo is a type of dumpling that is a popular dish in various Asian cuisines, particularly in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and parts of Northern India. Momo is typically made by filling dough wrappers with a mixture of seasoned meat (such as minced chicken, lamb, or buffalo) or vegetables. The dumplings are then either steamed, fried, or sometimes boiled. Here's a basic overview of how momo is commonly prepared:


For the Dough:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Water
  • Salt

For the Filling:

  • Minced meat (chicken, lamb, buffalo, or a combination)
  • Onion, finely chopped
  • Garlic, minced
  • Ginger, minced
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Spices (such as cumin and coriander, optional)


Prepare the Dough:

  • Mix all-purpose flour, water, and a pinch of salt to form a smooth and pliable dough. Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare the Filling:

  • In a bowl, combine minced meat (or vegetables), finely chopped onion, minced garlic, minced ginger, chopped green onions, chopped cilantro, salt, pepper, and any desired spices. Mix well to create the filling.

Shape the Momo:

  • Take a small portion of the rested dough and roll it into a small, round disc. The disc should be thin at the edges and slightly thicker in the center.
  • Place a spoonful of the filling in the center of the dough disc.
  • Fold the edges of the dough disc, pleating and sealing the momo into a crescent or half-moon shape. You can also experiment with different folding techniques.

Steam or Cook the Momo:

  • Steam the momo in a steamer until the dough is cooked and the filling is tender. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes.
  • Alternatively, you can pan-fry or deep-fry momo for a different texture. Boiling is another option, where momo is cooked in simmering water.


  • Serve momo hot, often accompanied by a dipping sauce made with soy sauce, vinegar, and sometimes chili sauce.


Momo is a versatile dish enjoyed in various cultural contexts, and it often holds social significance, being shared and enjoyed during family gatherings, festivals, and special occasions. The flavors and ingredients used in momo can vary based on regional preferences and personal taste.

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