January 20, 2015

Vegetable Momos

I was so in mood to eat some vegetable momos. Veggie momos are lot lighter and healthier than meat momos.  There are so many types of  veggie momos we can make from but the one available in my fridge was some medium size cabbage. I used my food processor to shred the cabbage, onions and cilantro. The most important thing while making veggie momos is to drain water from the cabbage otherwise the whole fillings may be watery and mushy while packing it in the home made or wanton wrapper.

So to prevent the mushiness i sauteed the shredded cabbage  with salt until all the water drained out and the texture became soft. I added the onion and cilantro to the cabbage and sauteed for 5 more minutes. I added spices to the vegetables at the end. So the filling is ready to be packed in the home made or wanton wrapper and steamed. I hope you guy enjoy it with my home made sesame seed chutney which i am posting it in this post.

Prep time : 1 hour
Cook time :20 minutes



1 medium size cabbage shredded
1 medium size onion shredded
1 bunch of cilantro shredded or finely chopped
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili powder
2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 store bought wanton wrapper

Sesame seed chutney
1/2 cup sesame seed three roma tomatoes
1 bunch cilantro
1 table spoon lemon juice
2 garlic
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon red chili powder

Directions fillings:

1.  In a pan heat the oil, saute the shredded cabbage with 2 teaspoon of salt for 10 mins at a medium heat. Add onion and cilantro to the pan. Cook for 5 more minutes. Add cayenne powder and cumin powder to it, mix it properly. Put the filling in the bowl and keep it aside until it cools down.  Now it is ready to be used for filling in the wanton wrapper. Read the direction of filling  in the wanton wrapper package. Once it is wrapped put it in the steamer that is coated with oil. Coating oil prevents the momos to stick in the steamer
2. Boil the water and steam it in steamer for 15 minutes. Its ready to be serve with chutney

Directions sesame chutney:

1. In a pan, at medium heat toast the sesame seeds until it becomes slightly brown. To avoid burning the sesame seeds needs to be stir constantly with a spoon. Once it cools down blend it in a blender.
2. At a medium heat, cook a Diced  3 roma tomatoes for 10 minutes, until the water comes out of the tomatoes and start boiling. Once it is ready add the cooked tomatoes in the blender with sesame seed. Blend it until it is purred.
3. Add bunch of cilantro, 2 teaspoon red chili powder, 2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 whole garlic to the blender with tomatoes and sesame seed puree. Blend it until it reaches smooth consistency. Now its ready to be served with momos. I hope you guy enjoy it.

January 15, 2015

Beef Stew

Winter and rainy day is a good reminder to cook stew. It is such a comfort food. It don’t take lots of work to prepare the stew. So I am cooking today beef stew with lots of vegetables. I prefer big chunk of my vegetables in the stew since I am cooking it with a meat in the stove top at low heat for 3 hours. Guys don’t panic over the time, it is just like throwing vegetables in slow cooker and cooking for many hours. Every things comes out perfectly good. I hope you guys enjoy it.

Preparation time : 15 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours
Serving: 4

Ingredients :

3 pounds of chuck roast cut in cubes
3 big Idaho potatoes cut in big cubes
2 whole carrots cut in big cubes
1big bulb of onions cut in big pieces
1 cup green peas
4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
4 table spoon all-purpose flour
2 tea spoon salt
2 table spoon vegetable oil
1 cup celery
2 cups red wine
32 ounce beef stock (sodium free)
1 can tomato sauce
2 sprigs of rosemary
3 bay leaf


  1.    Heat a pot in a medium high, pour the oil and cook the meat coated with all purpose flour in medium high until it is brown color for about 8 minutes. Take the meat aside in a plate.
  2.  In the same pot, put at all the vegetables and cook it until the onions are wilted for about 10 minutes. Add beef broth and wine in the pot. Add the meat, tomato sauce, salt, rosemary and bay leaf in the pot and cook it in a low heat for three hours. Final steps add some peas, it gives nice fresh color to the stew. Enjoy.