Paneer Momos

Photo Credits: Ravi Talwar

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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Procedure for making Paneer Momos

  1. Sift maida, pinch of salt and baking powder together in a bowl through a sieve.
  2. 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.

  1. Put a saucepan on medium heat with remaining oil. Add crumbled cottage cheese, chopped green coriander, red chili flakes, crushed black pepper and salt.
  2. Stir-fry for a minute and turn off the heat.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Lift cooked momos from the pan using tongs and place on serving platter. Serve hot with spicy red chili chutney.

Preparation Time: 40 minutes

Serves: 2

Cook’s Tips:

  1. If you like you may add boiled peas or stir-fried chopped vegetables, garlic and onion slices to the momos filling.
  2. 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.

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