What can I use as filling in vegan momos?
In our recipe above, we used simple ingredients common in Tibet and most regions globally: carrots and cabbages.
You can use so many ingredients as filling for momos, depending on the season and your location. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Shiitake mushrooms, porcini mushrooms, or any other "fleshy" mushroom variety.
Lentils (red, green, or brown)
Feel free to pick and mix from the list as you see fit. And if you have any other favourite vegetable, go for it! If it's good on your plate on its own, it's good inside a dumpling. Just make sure there are no hard-edged, sharp bits in your filling that could rip through the thin wrappers.
Can I make momos without a steamer?
If you don't have a steamer, there are two ways to make momos:
Cook them in a skillet like you would cook the Japanese gyozas.
Put together a DIY steamer.
Gyozas are super yummy, so feel free to go for the first option. If you opt for this, we suggest making the momos wrappers a little bit thicker (1 or 2 millimetres more, top) to keep them from breaking.
If you feel crafty instead, you could put together a steamer using a pot, a plate, a cup, and a towel. Sounds fun? Here it goes:
Put a cup inside a deep pot. The cup must be shorter than the pot.
Fill the pot with enough water to cover three-quarters of the cup.
Put a plate on the cup. The plate must be smaller the pot so that the steam can flow around freely. If you have something that looks like a plate with holes, use that instead.
Get a lid that matches the pot and line it with a towel.
Bring water to a boil, put the momos on the plate, and put the lid on.
Make sure the towel is not in contact with anything combustible.
Enjoy your momos!
Are momos vegan?
The traditional momos recipe contains meat, but there are many variations in Tibet and surrounding regions that use veggies or a mix of meat and vegetables. Our recipe above is 100% vegan.
Can I freeze them?
You can freeze momos, but make sure you don't stack them as they will stick to one another.
What do you serve with momos dumplings?
Traditionally, momos are served with a tomato-based dipping sauce. You can use ready-made tomato chutneys or chilli sauces, or you can prepare it yourself, it's so easy.
You can try our Asian chilli jam here or follow the recipe below to make tomato chutney:
In a skillet, heat 1 tbsp of vegetable oil with 1 crushed garlic, 5g of grated ginger, and 2 fresh chillies.
Then, add 1 tsp of turmeric, 2 chopped vined tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook the sauce for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Transfer the sauce to a food processor and blend it until smooth.
Serve it with 1 tbsp of sesame seeds and a small handful of freshly chopped coriander.