Momos are part of the Tibetan cuisine. They are steamed maida dumplings that can be made with a variety of fillings. Here we are making momos with a yummy paneer (cottage cheese) filling. They are very easy to make at home, so prepare this dish and enjoy with your family.
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- 1 cup All-purpose flour (Maida)
- 1 cup Paneer (Cottage cheese), crumbled
- 1 tablespoon Fresh Coriander (Cilantro), chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon Red chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper powder
- Pinch of Baking powder
- Salt, to taste
- 2 tablespoon Cooking Oil
Procedure for making Paneer Momos
- Sift maida, pinch of salt and baking powder together in a bowl through a sieve.
- Add 1 tablespoon oil and knead to soft dough by adding little amount of water. Keep aside covered with a damp muslin cloth for 20 – 30 minutes.
Note: You may use this muslin or cheese cloth.
- Put a saucepan on medium heat with remaining oil. Add crumbled cottage cheese, chopped green coriander, red chili flakes, crushed black pepper and salt.
- Stir-fry for a minute and turn off the heat.
- Make small balls of dough within your palms and using a rolling pin flatten them on a greased rolling board to circular sheets of 3 inches diameter.
- Put a spoonful of stuffing at the center of each rolled dough sheet and lifting the sides of it make a pouch containing the prepared cottage cheese filling. Give a twist to the top. Repeat the process for all momos.
- Heat the momos pan with water at bottom and place the stuffed and packed momos on all plates of pan at a distance of 2 inches from each other.
Note: You may also use this kitchen steamer.
- Steam cook covered for 10 minutes and then replace the bottom momos holding plate with top plate. Stem cook for another 6 to 8 minutes or until the momos are cooked nicely.
- Lift cooked momos from the pan using tongs and place on serving platter. Serve hot with spicy red chili chutney.
Preparation Time: 40 minutes
- If you like you may add boiled peas or stir-fried chopped vegetables, garlic and onion slices to the momos filling.
- If you don’t have momos pan, use any perforated filter stand placed in a slightly larger vessel with water at bottom and putting momos on filter surface to steam cook.