A South Asian dumpling with Indian influence, the momo is a fan-favorite throughout Asia and the world.
The Making Of The Momo
Popular across the Indian subcontinent and Himalayan regions, Momos are typically found in the cuisines of Tibet, Ladakh, Nepal, Assam, and Darjeeling.
It is similar to Japanese gyoza, Chinese xiǎo miàn, and Korean mandu, but carries a lot of influence from Indian herbs and spices.
It’s thought that the dumpling originated in Tibet, and then spread to neighboring countries. Incredibly popular with the Newer people of Kathmandu, it’s thought that merchants learned the recipe in Tibet and brought it back with them.
Originally, the dish used yak meat because of how rare veggies were in Tibet. However, as time passed the dish started to incorporate many kinds of fillings.
Today, the dish is still considered a traditional delicacy in regions of India, as well as with the Tibetan people.
Finding The Momo In Paris
If you’re looking to grab some momos in Paris, there are several Himalayan restaurants that you can visit! These include:
- Kathmandu, located at 22 rue des Boulangers, 5ème
- Restaurant Buddha, located at 13 rue Saint-Hippolyte, Port Royal/Gobelins
A Dumpling For Everyone
Something that’s great about momos is that there really is something for everyone, depending on how the dumpling is made. This is because you can add a variety of meats, veggies, or cheeses to your momos, depending on your needs and the meal you’re going for – whether that’s a meat-filled dumpling or a totally vegetarian dumpling.
This is the kind of recipe that provides quite a bit of variety and is great when you want to have a meal that everyone can enjoy and take part in.
Making Your Own Momo Dumplings
Of course, you can also make these delicious dumplings on your own.
To do so, you’ll need:
- 4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup of room temperature water
- 2/12 pounds of ground chicken thighs
- 1 cup of chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 cup of chopped onions
- 4 tablespoons of minced garlic
- 4 tablespoons of minced peeled ginger
- 2 tablespoons of ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- Salt and pepper
- Making the dough: Mix the flour and water. Knead the dough until it’s flexible, then cover and let it sit for an hour.
- Making the filling: Mix together your chicken, onions, garlic, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper into a bowl.
- Ready to make the wrappers? Check out the technique for rolling and filling your momos here!
Other Ways You Might See The Momo
Usually, momo is served steamed with a dipping sauce that has tomato as the base ingredient. However, you can also get fried momo served this way.
Additionally, you can also get the soup variety of momo, which typically just comes steamed and is served with a hot meat-based broth.
Add Momos To Your Meal Plan
This delicious, filling meal is a great way to try different seasonings, meats, and fillings in yummy homemade dumpling wrappers. Whether you visit a restaurant or decide to make your own, you’ll find that momos are both fun in preparation and at mealtime!