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Momo (South Asian Meat Dumpling)

 Published 2009-May-14   Updated 2020-Oct-30

- Submitted by Dahlia

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

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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 ground meat (pork, beef, chicken etc), minced vegetables with mushrooms or tofu. It is usually served in India with some spicy chutney or pickles.

In India Momos are popular street food in North India. These days it is gaining popularity in the South too. Momo stalls are found in all shopping malls. It is served with a spicy red chutney. It makes a delicious combination. Today I will share chicken momo recipe. You can repace chicken with any meat and make different momos. Its a healthy and tasty recipe.

Recipe For Momo

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 3-4


For The Wrapper

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

For Filling

  • Ground Meat (Minced Chicken or any other meat) - 1/2 lb (250 gms)
  • Onion - 1 (very finely chopped/ grated)
  • Garlic - 8 cloves (finely chopped)
  • Spring Onion Greens (or Coriander Leaves) - 2 tbsp (chopped)
  • Soy Sauce - 2 tbsp
  • Red Chilli Sauce - 1 tbsp
  • Black Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 tbsp


For The Filling

  1. Take ground chicken (or any other ground meat) in a mixing bowl.

    Chicken momo preparation step

  2. Add the finely chopped onion, garlic, spring onion greens etc.

    Chicken momo preparation step

  3. Add all the sauces, pepper powder and salt and mix well. The stuffing is ready.

    Chicken momo preparation step

For The Wrapper

  1. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl.

    Chicken momo preparation step

  2. Knead it adding little water at a time to form a stiff dough.

    Chicken momo preparation step

  3. Divide the dough into lemon sized balls.
  4. Roll out the balls into thin chapatti.

    Chicken momo preparation step

  5. Using a small bottle cap or a cookie cutter, cut out small circles (about 3-4" diameter) of the rolled out dough.

    Chicken momo preparation step

  6. 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.
  2. Put a tbsp of the filling in the center.

    Chicken momo preparation step

  3. There are several ways in which the momos are shaped. One way is to start gathering the edges to form pleats. The simplest way to make is to fold the wrapper over the filling and seal the edges forming a half moon shape. You could also make other shapes.

    Chicken momo preparation step Chicken momo preparation step

  4. Similarly make all the momos. Place the momos on any steaming dish (like vegetable steamer, idli plates, dhokla stand).

    Chicken momo preparation step

  5. Steam on medium flame for 15-20 minutes.

    Chicken momo preparation step

  6. Switch off, let it cool for few minutes before serving.

    Chicken momo preparation step

Serving Momos

  • In India momos are served with a spicy red chutney. It can also be served with hot sauce or ketchup.

Momos with spicy red chutney

Momos with soy sauce


  • 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

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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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