Veg momos served in a plate with spicy tomato sauce.

Momos recipe | Veg momos recipe | Dim sum recipe with step by step pictures and a video. Momo is a traditional delicacy of Tibet & Nepal and their neighboring countries (Bhutan and the north Indian region of Ladakh). Though this dish has its origin in Tibet, it has become popular all over the World.

Momo simply means “steamed bun”. It is a steamed bun with vegetarian or non-vegetarian filling.  Actually, momos are of two types. Steamed and fried. Momos are served hot with momo chutney (dip). Momo is becoming a popular street food in India. It tastes delicious and you should try this recipe once. Alternatively, you can also serve it with tomato sauce.

Veg momos are not only tasty but healthy too. It has a lot of vegetables in it. These dumplings are steam cooked and hence less oil is used in making the recipe. You can also use wheat flour to make the outer cover of the momos.

In this post, I am sharing the recipe of veg momos. Meanwhile, you can also visit other popular veg snacks from this website:

  1. Potato Nuggets
  2. Pizza Muffins

How to make Veg Momos with step by step pictures:

Preparation to be done

  1. Finely chop the vegetables (cabbage, onion, and spring onion greens) and grate the carrot.
  2. Take finely chopped cabbage in a mixing bowl. Add salt and mix. Keep it aside for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes squeeze out the excess water from the cabbage. Set this aside.Squeeze out water from the cabbage by adding salt to make veg momos filling.
  3. It is an important step to squeeze out the water from the cabbage before using it in the filling. Cabbage releases water when cooked and it can make the momos soggy. We can use the water to knead the momo dough.
  4. The water that we squeezed out from the cabbage can be used for kneading the momos dough. We will strain the water and use it later. That is why whenever you add salt to the cabbage make sure you add in less quantity.Strain the water of the cabbage. We will use it later to make the momos dough.

To make the momos dough

  1. In another mixing bowl add all-purpose flour, oil, and water (use the strained water first and if needed more then add normal water).
  2. If you do not want to use the squeezed water then add some salt & oil to the flour and knead it.
  3. Knead a semi-stiff dough. Apply some oil on the surface of the dough, cover and keep it aside. Kneading the dough to make the veg momos.

To make the vegetable filling

  1. Take cabbage, carrot, onion, spring onion greens, ginger garlic paste, soy sauce & black pepper powder. Mix it and taste it.
  2. Add salt, olive oil, lemon juice & red chili powder & mix. Cover and set aside. If you do not prefer spicy food then skip adding red chili powder to it.Preparing the filling of the veg momos.

Assembling the momos

  1. Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes again. Key to making perfect momos is that the dough should be well kneaded. Take a small portion of the dough. Cover the rest of the dough.Making small balls out of the momos dough.
  2. Roll it thin from the sides/edges and thick at the center.
  3. Spoon some filling in the middle.Shaping the veg momo dumpling
  4. Seal the momos. Keep it covered with a kitchen towel. Same way, make other momos.Keep the veg momos covered with a clean towel.
  5. Another easy way to shape the momo is shown in the pic below.Making the half moon shape to make veg momo dumpling.
  6. You can watch the video to know how to shape the momos. I have shared two different ways to shape the momos.

Cooking the veg momos

  1. Grease the steamer plate with some oil.
  2. Heat the steamer. When the water in the steamer starts to boil it is ready.
  3. Place the momos over the steamer plate.
  4. Cover with the lid and steam for 12-15 minutes.
  5. After 12 minutes the outer cover of the momos will be shiny. If you touch it with the finger it will not stick to your hands. This is an indication that the momos are ready.
  6. Serve the veg momos immediately with spicy momo chutney(dip).cooking the veg momos in a steamer
  7. You can make the momos in Idli steamer too. Making the veg momos in an idli stand

Veg momos steam cooked in an idli stand.

Veg Momos recipe card:

Momos recipe | Veg momos recipe | Dim sum recipe

Healthy & tasty veg momos recipe. Tastes delicious when served hot with spicy momo chutney.
Course Breakfast, snacks/starters
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 18 momos
Calories 35kcal
Author Preeti Nayak

Ingredients

For the filling

  • 1 cup cabbage finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot grated
  • 1 onion small, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup spring onion greens
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 2 tsp olive oil or refined oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1 tsp red chili powder or green chili paste
  • salt to taste

For the dough

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp oil

Instructions

Preparation to be done

  • Finely chop the vegetables (cabbage, onion, and spring onion greens) and grate the carrot.
  • Take finely chopped cabbage in a mixing bowl.
  • Add salt and mix. Keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes squeeze out the excess water from the cabbage. Set this aside.

To make the momo dough

  • In another mixing bowl add all-purpose flour, salt, and water.
  • Knead a semi-stiff dough. Apply oil on the dough, cover and keep it aside.

To make the vegetable filling

  • Take cabbage, carrot, onion, spring onion greens, ginger garlic paste, soy sauce & black pepper powder.
  • Mix it and taste it. 
  • Add salt(if needed), olive oil, lemon juice & red chili powder & mix. Cover and set aside.

Assembling the momos

  • Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes again. Make a small portion of the dough.
  • Roll it thin from the sides/edges and thick at the center.
  • Spoon some filling in the middle.
  • Seal the momos. Keep it covered with a kitchen towel. Same way, make the other momos.

Cooking the veg momos

  • Grease the steamer plate with some oil.
  • Heat the steamer. When the water in the steamer starts to boil it is ready.
  • Place the momos over the steamer plate.
  • Cover with the lid and steam for 12-15 minutes.
  • After 12 minutes the outer cover of the momos will be shiny.
  • Serve the momos hot with spicy momo chutney(dip).

Video

Notes

  1. If you are making momos for the first time then seal the momos properly.
  2. Removing excess water from the cabbage is important. Otherwise, when you will steam cook the momos the momos will be soggy.
  3. You can add any vegetables of your choice. Make sure they do not turn out to be soggy when cooked.
  4. Do not roll the outer cover of the momos thick.
  5. Make sure to knead the dough properly. If the dough is smooth and stretchy, your momos will be perfect.
  6. Taste the momo filling before adding salt. Soy sauce is salty and we have already added salt in finely chopped cabbage to squeeze out the water.
  7. Serve momos immediately with any spicy dip. Once cooled down they don't taste good.
  8. Addition of red chili powder is optional. If you do not prefer spicy food then skip adding it.

Please leave your valuable suggestions, feedback or any query related to the recipe in the comment box. If you make this recipe in any other way, do share your tips and suggestions to make it better. Till then enjoy your day………Happy Cooking 🙂

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