Momos!! Who don't like it? I guess you can hardly count the people who dislike this food!! It's all time favourite food of many Nepalese people. It is served as appetizer and many people love to eat it just for dinner. That is why my first food blogs is dedicated to momos:). It is similar to Chinese dumplings and Japanese gyoza except for the spices in the filling ingredients. I have always enjoyed cooking momos for small to large gathering. It reminds me of my large family gathering. And my friends too!! And they miss my food more than me! I have been making this food for a long time, so much that i am picky with the shapes too:) even though it is taste that should matter!! Making wanton from scratch might be challenging for many people, but if you are expert in making "roti", then it shouldn't be problem. When ever i am bored i just like the idea of hot juicy momos with hot sauce!!
Time: 40 minutes
1 pound ground pork
½ cup finely chopped onion
½ cup finely chopped green spring onions.
½ cup cilantro
¼ cup water
3 tsp vegetable oil
½ tsp cayenne powder
1tsp of cumin powder
1 tsp of salt ( According to taste)
2 cups of all-purpose flour
½ cup water
6 ounces of canned tomato sauce
½ cup water
2 tsp of vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 finely chopped jalapeno
½ tsp of cayenne powder
½ tsp of salt ( according to taste)
Finely chopped cilantro to garnish
Mix the ground pork, chopped onion, chopped green spring onions, chopped cilantro, oil, cayenne peppers, salt, cumin powder and water in a bowl.
For wanton wrappers, mix the all-purpose flour, egg and water. Set aside for 30 minutes so the dough will become soft and firm. Make medium marble shape like dough ball. Roll the dough in the flour and use a rolling pin to make a wanton wrapper. If you are not expert in making wanton wrappers, then you can go to the Asian section in the grocery aisle and buy the wanton wrappers.
For tomato sauce, sauté the chopped garlic and jalapeno in the oil, pour the 6 ounce of tomato sauce, add ½ cup of water ,salt and cayenne peppers and cook it in low heat for 15 minutes.
In each wanton wrappers put a tablespoon of the above filling, wrap in all the way around such a way that no filling should be leaking outside. Steam in the steamer for 15 minutes and serve it hot with the sauce.