Momo: The National Food Crush Of India

Momo: The National ‘Food’ Crush Of India

Nepal mein aya aur Momo nahi khaya, toh kya khaya? Yes! To visit Tibet or Nepal and return without eating these lip-smacking momo dumplings is like returning from Kashmir without enjoying the snowfall. And it’s simply annoying!

You just can’t resist it and you shouldn’t; because if you do so, you will regret for not having these delicious bite-sized cuisines from the North-eastern Himalayan ranges. ‘Momo food’, is undisputedly one of the most popular dishes amongst Nepalese or Tibetan folks. It’s a dish that makes people jump with joy with its mere thought or cravings for food. Today Momo dumplings have successfully invaded India and spread across several streets, cafes, and even five-star hotels with a variety of recipes, hot fiery chutneys, and sauces. From Paneer momos to Fish momos, Chocolate momos, and Cheese corn momos; you will find several delightful momos recipes across India. No wonder! Momo has whitewashed Aloochat, Vadapav, Idli or Nimki and has become India’s national ‘Food’ crush.

QMomo making

Why Momo Is A National Crush?

Firstly, momo making is quite simple and exciting to practice. It is essentially a type of steamed bun. The dough is made by mixing flour and water together. The filling is made with a mixture of minced meat or chicken, fish, vegetables, corns, onions, coriander, and aromatic Asian herbs or spices. Put them together, steam or fry them, and yippee your Momo is ready!

Secondly, Momos are fairly experimental and easily available in every nook and corner of Indian streets. There are no fixed ingredients which means people from all over the globe can pick and mix stuff accordingly to the local products & create their own version of Momo. Newari merchants may have brought the recipe, and the name ‘Momo’ might have derived from Tibet, with yak meat & seasoning of the dish with local ingredients, but now there are a variety of Momos and dumplings which are adaptable to suit the taste buds of even the ones who are very choosy about their foods and taste.

Dough making and stuffing

Some of the most popular Momos dishes are: Steamed Momo, Kothey Momo: half steamed, Chilli Momos, Fried Momo Jhol Momo (Jhol meaning a thick soupy base, usually spicy), Open Momo (perfect to mix & match your chutney/sauce/ by filling in each open pocket, Buckwheat Momo, Paneer/Cheese Momos, Churrpi Momo, Jain Momos, Classic Chicken Momos, Green Momo (the dough is mixed with spinach). etc.

Types of Momos

Well! The choice is limitless; therefore, if you ever get a chance for momo making at home, feel free to customize & create your own unique momo food recipe. If you want to add eggs to the mixture add them! Tender coconut with chili flakes, add it! The world of Momo is Marvellous and won’t feel bad about it. It loves to embrace the taste and spread it across states, countries, and continents. But too much experimenting can play a spoilsport, right? Especially, if you’re a newbie in the cooking business. So be careful. Nevertheless, the appeal of Momo is more than just its taste. For many people, especially Nepalese and Tibetan who have grown up alongside the cuisine, for them Momo is a food practice, memory and legacy passed on from one gen to the next-gen. It’s like a staple for them and they love their own perfect version.

The third and the best reason for Momo being a national food crush is, its instant availability in every nook and corner of the streets. Wander through the streets of India and you will find little cafés, restaurants, or even five-star hotels selling Momo food. Go for birthday parties, get-togethers, or bachelor parties and you will surely find Momo on the menu list, in fact, the trend is to keep frozen Momo in your fridges. Momo in India especially in the North-eastern part has become a routine like taking a bath or brushing your teeth. Ordering Momo at a cafe or a restaurant is like regular practice; a food ordered by your instinct and not after brainstorming or deep thinking! Momo making is also a family & friendship affair; because the process is very simple. It is common for families and friendship groups to come together and spend a couple of hours catching up and rejoicing the moments whilst making & relishing this delicious cuisine – MOMO.

Lastly, Momos can be all season, comfort food or the ‘life’ of any party; It’s the best food – be it rainy or winter season; when the sun is out; when you’re feeling low; when your stomach needs a quick appetizer to suffice hunger or you look for starters during the pool parties or celebrations. Momos are meant for every occasion, season, and moment of life. This is one great element that makes Momo so popular and our explanation of why Momo is now the national ‘food’ crush in India.

Momo is not just food you eat; it’s a feeling, it’s a moment; it’s a celebration with your friends or family that you’ll cherish throughout your life. All that conversations and laughter riots make up for an exquisite Momo experience. Momo has become the soul food of the nation. And, when you create good memories, you will surely want to replicate them and re-live them again & again – individually or with a caravan of friends. It doesn’t matter whether you live to eat or eat to live, Momo Dumplings are for all.

Momo Dumplings are for all.

Visit Momo joints nearby or order online and explore the hidden food treasure of Nepal or Tibetan, with a tinch of Indian spices and flavours – Momo!

Six Trending Momos To Satisfy Your Hunger

Momos the lip-smacking little dumplings, also known as dim sums, are delightful and yummilicious snack busters. It’s the most popular Asian food and has made its way into the list of fantastic foods across the Asian continent. Why are people so obsessed with it? Simple it’s a quick appetizer, pocket-friendly, and easily available from five-star hotels to street hawkers or joints. Thus, we just have to find some quick and straightforward ways to stir up this lovely momo food recipe and binge on it. So, let’s check out some fabulous momos food varieties we’ve hunted down for you that will take you on this mini Asian dumpling tour!

Veg Momos

The thickly wrapped Momos are stuffed with paneer, vegetables, and soya chunks. If you’re obsessed with chicken, you can replace paneer with chicken. A plate full of steamy momos is the perfect comfort food during bone-chilling winter or rainy nights! Veg steamed momos are delicious-filled dumplings food originating from the Eastern part of India – Sikkim, Guwahati, Meghalaya, and more. You can fill them with various types of fillings you like & cook the most loved momos of all. They’re normally served with fiery chutney and clear soup or broth.

Veg Momos - QMomo

Tandoori Momos

Indian always love to experiment and no wonder they come up with typical Indianness in most of the dishes overseas. Even momos are not left out from the storm and the Indian version of momos has been quite famous and loved by almost everyone! How else could you prove the ‘Desi’ pan in you if you don’t eat momos by grilling them on tandooris. Yes! You heard it right. Tandoori momos are a kind of rage amongst the people. The rich flavour of these momos will tempt your taste buds.Tandoor momos - QMomo

Paneer Momos

Yes! You’re guessing it right! Paneer steam Momos are packed with cabbage, paneer, and cheese, and seasoned with Nepalese spices and east Asian sauces. They’re perfect for people who are paneer obsessed and simply die chewing or gulping them. It’s the first choice of starters and has a desi blend in it. These paneer momos are wrapped with wheat dough & stuffed with paneer served with hot and fiery sauces! Adding the paneer & cheese will make up Paneer momos super filling and satisfying for your hunger.Paneer Momos - QMomo

Fried Momos

Fried Crispy Momos are heartthrobs amongst the people in India. It gets its amazing texture from being filled with vegetables, and paneer, and then deep-fried until they turn golden brown. Dip them in mayonnaise, along with sauces and you will have a volcano of flavours bursting in your mouth!Fried Momos - QMomo

Chilli Momos

Chilli Momos are also known as ‘C Momo’ in Nepal. It’s a special recipe than other momos and its’ quite yummy and delicious. You can make these momos at home. The momo making recipes for chicken chilli momos or veg chilli momos are nearly the same. All you have to do is steam the chilli momo and use it.  If you’re up for something hot and spicy, Chilly momo will be the best treat for you – we’re sure you’re going to love it. You’ll be very impressed by the spicy and tangy taste.Chilli Momos - QMomo

Cheese Corn Momos

Cheese Corn Momo is a unique blend of delicious cheese & delectable corn that creates a riot of flavours in your mouth. These momos are nicely wrapped & stuffed with the finest quality corns, spices, coriander, and herbs. It’s a calorie cutter and a great source of Vitamin B. It is a yummy treat for all momo lovers out there! The spicy hot chutney & fiery sauces along with its zesty appeal will take your momo eating experience to the whole new exciting level. Best bet for yummmilicious appetizer.Cheese Momos - QMomo

On A Concluding Note –

Momos have become one of the popular street foods in India and they’re on the food affection list of many people. Thanks to the momo chains, and takeaways like QMomo and others that let people order this lovely food delicacy at their comfort – anytime, anywhere.  With ever-rising popularity, Momos have secured a sweet spot over other popular fast foods such as vada pav, bhajia, samosa, and even burgers. Till the time you find passionate momo lovers, such delicious, and drooling-over types of momos will continue to pop up in the markets. It will be hard for us to keep them on our plates because we will gulp them in our stomachs.

Yeah Dil Mange More..

Yeah Dil Mange Momo…

Momos are one of my favourite all-time snacks and I can eat momos any time of the day or night. Whether my stomach is full or hungry; my love for momos will never fall short, even an inch. I generally eat momos in a café near my house and believe me it’s the yummiest recipe ever with double cheese filling in it. Although, I have tried both veg and non-veg momos in the café and each one is yummier than the other. Now that I ate momos buying from outside, the collective thought of me and my sister Trupti provoked – why can’t we try these lip-smacking Tibetan dumplings at home? As we thought of the idea on Saturday night, we were all charged up to make momos for a memorable Sunday brunch.

It was the first time we tried momos at home and it came out really amazing. I and Trupti just loved the taste and enjoyed these homemade momos for the brunch. We are fond of fish and had prepared the fish momos with shrimps filling and even tried the veg counterpart including Mozzarella cheese and pan-fried Schezwan momos.

The brunch was extended to lunch and not even for a sec we felt it was done. In fact, the feeling was ‘Yeah Dil Mange Momo’ for the rest of the day and life.

Such is the temptation for momos food that we try different momo recipes and just love relishin’ it every now and then. Momo seems to be a staple for us, a quick snack to revitalize and energize us all.

Let’s dig deep into momo and find out why the love and cravings for momos have suddenly evolved amongst people around the globe

Momos is basically a South Asian dumpling food that has its ancestral native in Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet. Some of the close relatives of momo dumplings are buuz from Mongolia, jiaozi & baozi from China, ashak from Afghanistan, mandu in Korea, and gyoza in Japan.

While looking back in history, momos food originates from Tibet. Later when the habitants migrated to India these Tibetan dumplings came along with them and the Indian audience in Seven Sisters of India, Delhi, and other northern parts got habituated to momos food. Today, these momo dumplings can be found in every street, restaurant, and joint across India that acts as a quick appetizer to revive you from desperate hunger.

As street food, this snack has found love in a number of ways by the Indian audience. From the consumer making it a habit in their everyday life to vendors doing the various experiments on the food and blending them with a bunch of delicious and local flavours. And that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it? Momos are simple, plain, and most importantly pocket-friendly delicious and thus they’re experiment worth. Therefore, it has become an instant hit with global and local taste buds. What? I mean, you’ve never gobbled one of those Tandori, Afghani, or Chhurrpi Momos! And what’s more? Unlike authentic recipes, the City Of Dreams got its share of Mozeralla Cheese or Mayonnaise Momos, The Capital City has its version of Paneer and Cabbage Stuffed Vegetarian Momos, The City of Joy has its Chicken and Fish Momos, and basically, every city for the region has its own well-crafted Momo food.

Wonderful Moments Of Momo Making

Momo Making is indeed an enjoyable affair. Family, friends, and relatives often gather together to spend joyful time making momos and dumplings. The dough is rolled very thin, the filling is simply delicious in the center, and the momos are shaped and sealed in small packs, with little space for it to fill with juices that collect during the steaming process. Although Momo shaping is an art that will take quite a lot of patience & practice to put the filling inside the wrapper; however, once practiced even a small child can learn to make momo.

Secondly, momos food is for every occasion whether it’s a birthday party or baby shower, a get-together with friends or a wedding buffet you will always find this delicacy on the top of the menu list amongst food lovers.

Momo A Day Keeps Hunger Away

Freshly steamed momo taste simply awesome when served piping hot straight from the steamers and kept on the plate. Around six to eight momos with a separate small bowl of fiery hot dipping chutney or sauce could be a one-meal dish for people.

You should eat the meat-filled momo as a whole since the flavourful juice in its steamed pock will start dripping out if it’s broken. It can also be served with a variety of chutney, sesame paste, ground peanut dip and garlic chili sauce, or any other form of homemade chutney of your choice or taste.

Fresh momo dough could be made by mixing flour with water and knead until the dough becomes smooth. Making the dough is again your preference because some cooks prefer white all-purpose flour to whole wheat flour since it makes smooth & elastic dough, and others like to mix two parts white flour with one-part whole meat. Based on your eating style you can design your dough. Anyway, the dough is kneaded until it is slightly sticky and then left at room temperature for almost half an hour, covered with a damp kitchen cloth. Then you can roll it out very thin and cut it into three-inch circles. If you have the time to invest and pour all your love, we’re sure your homemade momos will be far tastier than those made with store-bought wrappers. Skilled momo making chefs can roll the thinnest possible wrappers! Come on, you can do it.

Display Your Skills – Roll A Dough And Party Hard 😉