Paneer Momos (Cottage Cheese Momos)

Paneer Momos
Photo Credits: Ravi Talwar

Steam cooked all-purpose flour (maida) dumplings with delicious cottage cheese (paneer) filling, Momos are traditionally Tibetan. They are easy to make at home and can be made with a vegetarian or non vegetarian filling.

Ingredients

  • All purpose flour (Maida)                                       1 cup
  • Paneer (Cottage cheese), crumbled                         1 cup
  • Fresh Coriander (Cilantro), chopped                       1 tablespoon
  • Red chili flakes                                                      1/2 teaspoon
  • Black pepper, crushed                                            1/2 teaspoon
  • Baking powder                                                      Pinch
  • Salt                                                                       To taste
  • Cooking Oil                                                           2 tablespoon

Procedure

  1. Sift maida, pinch of salt and baking powder together in a bowl through a sieve.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon oil and knead to soft dough by adding little amount of water. Keep aside covered with a damp muslin cloth for 20 – 30 minutes.
  3. Put a saucepan on medium heat with remaining oil. Add crumbled cottage cheese, chopped green coriander, red chili flakes, crushed black pepper and salt.
  4. Stir-fry for a minute and turn off the heat.
  5. Make small balls of dough within your palms and using a rolling pin flatten them on a greased rolling board to circular sheets of 3 inches diameter.
  6. Put a spoonful of stuffing at the centre of each rolled dough sheet and lifting the sides of it make a pouch containing the prepared cottage cheese filling. Give a twist to the top. Repeat the process for all momos.

Tip: If you like you may add boiled peas or stir-fried chopped vegetables, garlic and onion slices to the momos filling.

  1. Heat the momos pan with water at bottom and place the stuffed and packed momos on all plates of pan at a distance of 2 inches from each other.

Tip: If you don’t have momos pan, use any perforated filter stand placed in a slightly larger vessel with water at bottom and putting momos on filter surface to steam cook. You can also use any other steaming method like in a pressure cooker with very little water and without whistle or in a microwave.

  1. Steam cook covered for 10 minutes and then replace the bottom momos holding plate with top plate. Stem cook for another 6 to 8 minutes or until the momos are cooked nicely.
  2. Lift cooked momos from the pan using tongs and place on serving platter. Serve hot with spicy red chili chutney.

Preparation Time: 40 minutes

Serves: 2

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