By– Saksham Dhiman
One food item, that I can eat anytime is Momos or Dumplings. Northeastern states of India have gifted these small bundles of joy to the rest of the country. And with time many fusion version of this dumpling have come to our plate, which are lovingly enjoyed by people all over the country. Especially Delhi has a soft spot, much so that many Dumpling fests are held in National Capital region.
I love them so much, that I am so tempted to describe my taste buds craving for Momos in the cheesiest phrases possible.
They are so yummy… Oh so Yummy…
All over Delhi in various markets be it small, big, old, new or in malls we find these small white balls of joy steaming hot. We find these cane utensils sitting pretty with my precious dumplings.
How are Dumplings made?
- A filling is prepared with garlic, cauliflower, carrot, spring onion, onion and sometimes paneer.
- All these ingredients are tossed in a pan with minimal oil and seasoning.
- As simple as this, then with all purpose flour and some luke warm water or milk a dough is prepared which is further made small balls.
- This small ball is rolled into a very thin sheet.
- this sheet is filled with required filling and then all corners are joined together to give it a that pretty dumpling shape.
- Put these dumpling peaces in cane steamer for 10-15 min.
- Serve them with hot chilli chutney.
Ps. there are many varieties to the filling. It can also be made with a non veg filling like chicken or pork. Herbs and ingredients can also vary as per state of origin.
A vendors preparation boxes full of dumplings, mayo and chilli garlic sauce on display.
Now that you know how to make them. Lets play a little with them and improve your Momos IQ as I say. To give you variations of this simple delicacy and know about 17 Dumplings varieties. Here we go..Let the momo magic begin..
Shaped as half moon or bundles these are filled with seasonal vegetables and steamed. Best enjoyed on a winter evening.
Toss few steamed dumplings in a frying pan and add schezwan sauce. And garnish with some finely chopped cilantro.
Schezwan dumpling and cream glazed dumplings.
3.Cream sauce glazed Momos
Steamed dumplings are coated in a concoction of cream, spices, lemon juice and herbs later garnished with cilantro. Served with mayo and red chilli sauce.
These chocolate filled treats are not exactly sweet as dumpling covers are have salt in it balancing the sweet and bitter taste of chocolate.
These are comparatively smaller than usual dumplings making it easy to be dunked in soups and enjoyed.
Cheese filled which melts on steaming and is piping hot to be relished with that tangy chilli sauce.
Deep frying dumplings which turn the outer covering crispy and crunchy. Best enjoyed with chilli garlic sauce.
A Tibetian variety of dumplings filled with port or veges or chicken and are shallow fried in a pan.
Steamed dumplings are coated in a mix of soy, chilli and tomato sauce. Where as other variety of it is made to look like chillis and is filled with extremely spicy filling.
Dumpling filling is paneer dominant. This is a very famous variety in old Delhi markets.
Marinated minced meat and medium fried peas are filled in dumplings. A must have.
Dumplings filled with tender Chicken which is very moist and tasty. Best enjoyed with Chilli garlic sauce.
Dumplings are marinate and roasted in a Tandoor or Indian oven on and served with onion and mint chutney.
Are nothing but Modak from Maharashra. Modak are filled with sweet filling and dry fruits. Its a craze during Ganesh Chaturthy fest. Do read my article on Modak.
Image credit-Sidhesh Kumbhar
This type is has a outer covering made from wheat flour instead of all purpose flour. Its very much liked by people who are health conscious or dieting since wheat is unprocessed version of all purpose flour rich in many nutrients.
16.Shogo shabril momos
A fav among bongs is filled with potato and meat. And served with mint and chilli chutney.
This Variety has a filling of only vegetables or seasonal vegetables when clubbed with freshly ground spices is a great mix of crunch and flavour.
18. Soya Momos
Filled with soya granules and spices is an extremely healthy option. Mmmmm…Mmmm…