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Nepali chicken dumplings (MoMo)

Submitted by:

Jem Rajbhandari



Country of Origin:


Cook time:

1 hour and 15 minutes




500 grams minced chicken
1/2 finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped coriander
2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 long green chili, finely chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted butter
Salt to taste
60 round wonton wrappers
1 tablespoon mustard oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons minced ginger
1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seed
1 dried long red chilli, finely chopped
500 grams ripe chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped coriander
1 pinch ground Sichuan pepper (Timur)


For the tomato pickle (achar):
1. Pour mustard oil into a small saucepan and place over medium heat.
2. When the oil is hot, add garlic and ginger, and fry for a few seconds or until they start to turn a light golden brown.
3. Add fenugreek seed and dried chilies, and stir for few more seconds until fenugreek starts to turn golden.
4. Add chopped tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until reduced and starting to thicken.
5. Set aside to cool, then blend until smooth.

For the Momo:
1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl mix to combine.
2. Cover and set aside for 10 to 15 minutes to develop flavor.
3. Place a steamer with water in the base over high heat.
4. Lay out 6 wrappers on the bench, and moisten around the top edge of each wrapper using a wet finger.
5. Place half a flat tablespoon of mixture in the center of each wrapper, and almost fold in half.
6. Gradually bring sides together from one end while making a few pleats in one side and curving the Momo so it sits upright.
7. Another traditional shape is a moneybag with a small steam vent in the center of the top.
8. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.
9. Steam for 8 to 10 minutes, or until wonton wrappers are tender.
10. Serve immediately with tomato pickle.

What makes this recipe special?

Momo (dumplings) is one of Nepal’s most popular dishes and can be eaten as an entree or as mains. It’s a dumpling filled with meat or vegetables. It is eaten with tomato pickle (golbheda ko achar). It is one of the must have food items in the restaurants as well.