I was sitting on a cushion under the shaded eating area at my guesthouse among the boulders of Hampi when I noticed the meal of the girl sitting across from me. “What is that?” I asked her. “Momos” was her reply. They looked so tasty that I wanted to try them. After my first order, I wanted them for every meal. I asked the guys at the guesthouse if I could go to the kitchen and watch them make the momos and they agreed obligingly.

The Momo (a steamed dumpling originating from the areas of Nepal, Tibet, India, Bhutan):

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Nikesh, the taller guy, began with a handful of chapatti dough. He rolled it out super thin and then cut out several round pieces that would soon contain the delicious filling. As he was making the outside, the Other Guy worked on the momo’s insides. (I never could pinpoint the other guy’s name, the house mother Amma didn’t seem to yell it out as much as she did for Nikesh and the third guy, Rade.) Other Guy chopped up fresh spinach, onion, mushroom, and a sprig of mint, which he mixed well with his hands. He grabbed a cheese grater from under the counter and set it down not-so-gently on the platter. I noticed a bunch of ants that had been working fiercely inside the grater fall onto the plate with my momo stuffing. They ran scattering around the plate while Other Guy grated some cheese to go in my momos. I decided not to comment on the ants.

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The stuffing ingredients were all mixed well and then spooned onto the middle of the chapatti dough circles. Other Guy formed the dough around the stuffing into little dumpling shapes as Nikesh filled the steamer with water and greased the bottom.

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Once all the momo dumplings were made, they went in the steamer for about 15 minutes and I waited with my mouth watering.

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Sometimes the dish was served with a red sauce like the one on this plate, and sometimes it was served with a blended mint sauce. Either way, the momos are a perfect food. The dough is soft and chewy on the outside with veggies cooked just right on the inside. This is my new favorite snack!

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2 Responses to “Momos!”

  1. Lav Kumar
    25 May 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Wonderful discovery! This is one of my favourites! 🙂

  2. Christie
    26 March 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    I want these now, and it’s only 10am here. Great find!