Thursday, 8 April 2010
About the food:
Momos are a traditional delicacy to the Himalayas of Tibet. They are also very popular in Nepal, Bhutan and N-E parts of India. It is at present growing in popularity in the eastern as well the western world.
I learnt this recipe from my mom, and she makes delicious momos. Try this out, and I am sure you would love it. You can serve this an evening snack or as a starter.
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 30 mins
400 gm boneless chicken minced
1 medium piece of chicken (with bone or boneless) for the soup (the soup is optional)
5-6 ginger cloves chopped finely
1 bunch of spring onion, chopped finely
1 big onion, finely chopped
1/2 tbsp black pepper seeds
2 cups of white flour
vegetable oil for deep frying
4 tbsp soya sauce
1/4 tbsp ajinamoto
black pepper powder
salt to taste
1.Put the chicken in a mixing bowl. Add the soya sauce, spring onions, onions, a bit of salt, and black pepper powder and mix well. Set it aside.
2.Heat a pan. Add 1 tbsp of oil. Add the chopped garlic cloves and fry till they are golden. remove from the flame add this to the chicken mixture. Mix it well, and keep the chicken bowl covered for 30 mins and let it marinate.
3.Put the white flour in a big bowl. Add 2 tbsp of oil, 1/2 cup water (take care, as the amount of water may vary. Put small amount of water first to get the estimate.) and a pinch of salt. Mix them well until a soft and homogeneous dough is formed. Keep on kneading with both hands, ( you have to get messy to get a good result!) until the dough is soft. This is a very crucial part for getting perfectly soft momos.
4. Now make the wrappers by making small round balls from the dough and rolling it thin with a rolling pin.Get a cup or a bowl with apprx. 4 inch in diameter, and use it to cut the wrappers.It will give an uniform size to the momos.
5. Take one wrapper in hand, put 1 spoon of the chicken mixture in the middle, and wrap it carefully so that the content does not leak out. Repeat with all the wrappers.
6.Heat oil in a pan. Deep fry the filled-in wrappers to get fantastic momos.
7. Serve with Sweet and chilly sauce.