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Momo (South Asian Meat Dumpling)

 Published 2009-May-14   Updated 2018-Jan-22

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Indian Meat Dumpling, Darjeeling Momo, Potstickers, Jiaozi, Momocha, Mandu, Guotie)

Momos are steamed dumplings popular in Eastern India, China, Tibet, Nepal and other parts of South Asia. The dumplings can be made in different shapes and the filling could be any type of groud meat (pork, beef, chicken etc), minced vegetables with mushrooms or tofu. It is usually served in India with some spicy chutney or pickles.

Recipe For Momo


For The Wrapper

  • All Purpose Flour (Maida) - 2 cups
  • Salt - to taste
  • Water - as needed to make dough

For Filling

  • Ground Meat - 1 lb
  • Onion - 1 (very finely chopped/ grated)
  • Garlic - 8 cloves - finely chopped
  • Soy Sauce - 2 tbsp
  • Chilli Sauce - 1 tbsp
  • Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 tbsp


For The Filling

NOTE: You could just mix all the ingredients under 'for filling' and use it but I prefer to cook it before stuffing.

  1. Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions and garlic till it is translucent.
  2. Add the ground meat and fry till the meat becomes nice and brown.
  3. Add all the sauces, pepper powder and salt and mix well. The stuffing is ready.

For The Wrapper

  1. Mix the flour, salt and knead it adding little water at a time to form a stiff dough.
  2. Divide the dough into lemon sized balls.
  3. Roll out the balls into thin chapatti.
  4. Using a small bottle cap or a cookie cutter, cut out small circles (about 3-4" diameter) of the rolled out dough.
  5. Keep these wrappers ready to make the momos.

Making Momos

  1. Take a rolled and cut out wrapper and apply a little bit of water on the edges.

    Momo Preparation Step

  2. Put a tbsp of the filling in the center.

    Momo Preparation Step

  3. Fold the wrapper over the filling and seal the edges forming a half moon shape. You could also make other shapes.
  4. Place the momos on any steaming dish (like vegetable steamer, idli plates, dhokla stand).

    Momo Preparation Step

  5. Steam on medium flame for 15 minutes.
  6. Serve hot with some spicy chutney, sauce or pickle.


  • You could use store bought wanton wrappers and make momos instantly.

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Comment by Kanchan Khetrpala
wht veg substitution cn i give fr the ground meat?

Reply :-
You can use assorted minced vegetables of your choice like cabbage, carrots, broccoli, capsicum, onions, mushrooms, tofu, soya granules etc.

Comment by  Meher Mirza on 02 March 2010 17:02PM
Thanx for the lovely receipes

Reply :-
U r welcome Meher!!!

Comment by sandra durbin on 01 February 2010 23:28PM
we are having an idian feast soon and im making this so i cant wait to see how it goes!! :)
Hope all is well,
Sandra D

Reply :-
Sure Sandra.. Even I cant wait to hear your feedback...

Comment by ana mathew on 06 January 2010 08:08AM
hey....i think dis recipe luks good....
i was checkin out some momo recipes....n dis sounds just perfect....
it cleared alll d doubts i had....
i'll let u know how it goes...
Reply :-
thanks ana... waiting for your comments...
Comment by ana mathew     
thnx a million...
d momos i made were crazzy...everyone loved dem....
love ana

Reply :-

Comment by suhanya Easwar on 22 May 2009 12:41PM
Hey dalz...
This recipe was in my mind for long.. MY chinese friend also makes similiar but a chinese version... she adds a bit of prawns and spring onions ...and uses the tofu skin as the wrapper... TOFU skin is easiy available here in SIngapore..HMMM i will try!!!!
u can try adding prawns n spring onions too ... n she adds an egg too in it :)

Reply :-
oh wow suhanya..... i love prawns too... so i'll surely try it......

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