A detailed report on How to make Momos. Oops!! …How to ‘watch’ Momos being made :-)
[Disclaimer : Dev loves to eat; but that does not, in any way whatsoever, means that, he had a role to play in preparation of the Momos.]
Ladies & Gentle-ladies,
You have loved them, and you have hated them. But you can’t ignore them. I am talking about the delicious Tibetan Momos. And I swear, it is indeed an art (or I guess science) to prepare them.
So here is the complete recipe and a step by step guide to you know what –
- 1Tbsp – Blessings of Dalai Lama(!)
- 5Tbsp – Blessings of Tibetan Gods of Steamed Food
- 1MB – Google (for recipe)
- Rs 500 – Financial stabilty (for purchase of consumable ingredients)
- 67 Kg – A patient guy like Dev
- *** Kgs – Two Friends as cooks (NK & AA)
- 10 Mins – Prayers
Step 1 :
Once you have arranged all the above mentioned ingredients, it is time for step 1. This is the most critical of all steps, because it is here, that we procure our secret recipe. You really need to be careful to find an authentic source for the recipe (for general & primitive information, check here). Once you get hold of one good-enough recipe, you need to either get a print of the same or rub some pen on the paper to note down the recipe, as depicted below –
Step 2 :
As you can see in the picture given below, you need to take flour or something really similar, and add water to it. Then you need to punch it for quite some time (a helpful tip here would be to remember something, like office work), till it attains a form similar to the one shown below. This is known as the Dough
Step 3 :
Circular shapes, for thousands of years have intrigued scientists and novices alike. A circular shape, neither has a start, nor an end. So,since we need to make circular discs from the dough, you need to find a real pro. And the pro I found was so fast at work, that even my camera had trouble getting a nice stable shot. (Pro=AA here)
Step 4 :
According to a great book ‘Zen & The Art of Momo Stuffing’, you may use the stuffing prepared from vegetables, along with spices etc, to stuff the discs. And once you have put the adequate amount of stuffing, you need to seal them to form dumplings. Now, I would like to share an experience here. Never underestimate the importance of sealing the dumplings. Because if you don’t seal them properly, it would result in a mess, that even great cooks won’t be able to handle.
Step 5 :
As you can see, the dumplings have been made. They have been properly sealed with emotions and are ready to be given a hot steam bath.
Step 6 :
Before placing the dumplings on the tray with depressions, you need to oil the depressions. This is done (I guess) to prevent the dumplings getting stuck. So, once you have oiled the tray, slowly and with great care, place the dumplings onto it and cover the lid. After that, allow the dumplings to have their share of steam bath for around 10 minutes. Beware though : Some dumplings might decide that 10 minutes is a much longer time than they can comfortably handle. So you need to be careful. This is where the above mentioned 2 Pro friend’s experience came into play.
Step 7 :
After the stipulated 10 minutes, you can open the lid and if your prayers (check ingredient list) have been answered, you will witness something like this.
Step 8 :
Nothing happens without the blessing of the powers above. So thank the Tibetan Gods of Steamed Food and serve the Momos with hot red sauce and juices (if you have more time to waste, you can read my earlier Juicy Adventures)
[Credits for preparation of Momos : NK, AA]
[Credits for consumption of Momos : Dev]