Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that promises to take your taste buds on an adventure like no other. In this recipe, we’re diving into the world of Chicken Momos with Spicy Dip that will awaken your senses and leave you craving for more. From the tender chicken filling to the perfect dough wrapping, and the fiery dip that brings the heat, this dish is a symphony of flavors that you won’t want to miss.
Chicken Momos with Spicy Dip
- 1 bowl
- 1 steaming tray
- 1 stove
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 to 4 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp oil
- 3/4 cup ground chicken thighs
- 1/2 onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1/2 tsp soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp vinegar
- 1.5 tbsp oil
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
- salt to taste
- 4 large dried red chillies
- 1/2 onion, roughly chopped
- 3 large cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp vinegar
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 stock cube (I useed Maggi chicken stock cube)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp oil
Make the dumpling dough
- In a mixing bowl, knead the flour and water together to form a smooth, stiff dough.
- If the dough is too sticky, add a little bit more flour.
- If it’s too dry, add a bit more water.
- Form the dough into a smooth ball and coat with oil.
- Allow to rest for 15 minutes.
Prepare the filling
- Mix all ingredients together. Set aside.
Form the dumplings
- Divide the dough into 7 equal parts.
- Each part will weigh roughly 10 grams.
- Roll each part into a circle about 3.5 to 4 inches in diameter.
- Make sure that the edges of the wrapper are thinner than the centre.
- Add about 1 to 2 teaspoons of filling at the centre of the dough and form it into the desired shape.
- Repeat for the rest of the dough.
Steam the dumplings
- Place each dumpling on a well oiled steaming tray.
- Steam on medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
Prepare the dip
- Grind the chillies, onion and garlic in a small blender.
- Heat oil in a small pan and saute the ground paste until the raw smell is gone.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to mix well.
- Cook on low heat until the sauce thickens to the desired consistency.
- Serve the momos hot with the dip.
- Make sure that the filling has enough oil to bind all ingredients together. The filling should be wet, not dry and crumbly. If needed add a little bit more oil to bring everything together.
- Don’t roll the dumpling wrapper like a roti. The trick to getting a thin edge and thick centre is to hold the wrapper with your non-dominant hand so that half of the wrapper is lying on the work surface and half is in your hand. Then use your rolling pin with your dominant hand to roll up and down once so that the edges of the wrapper get flattened. Turn the wrapper clockwise and roll up and down once again. Repeat this process – turn, roll up, roll down – until you have a 3.5 to 4 inch wide wrapper with thin edges and a thick centre.
- The way I have shaped the dumplings is probably the easiest way. After placing the filling in the centre of the wrapper, dip a finger into some water and slightly moisten the edges of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper over in half and pinch the edges together gently. Don’t apply too much pressure or the edges might become hard. You will now have a half moon shaped dumpling. Bring the 2 ends of the half-moon together and pinch them together. That’s it.
- Don’t overcook the dumplings. Check the dumplings at the 15 minute mark (not before). If the dumplings appear shiny and translucent, they are done cooking. If they appear a little opaque, then cook them for another 2 minutes and check again. Overcooked dumplings become dry and hard, so keep an eye on the cooking time.
Tips and tricks
- Finely Chopped Ingredients: Ensure that the chicken and vegetables used for the momo filling are finely chopped. This ensures even cooking and a better texture.
- Balanced Seasoning: Taste the momo filling before wrapping to ensure it’s well-seasoned. Adjust salt, spices, and seasonings according to your preference.
- Thin Momo Wrappers: Roll out the momo wrappers as thin as possible without tearing. Thin wrappers cook faster and have a better texture.
- Proper Folding: When shaping the momos, make sure to seal the edges tightly to prevent any leakage of the filling during cooking.
- Steaming Technique: Steam the momos on a greased surface to prevent sticking. Use a bamboo or metal steamer and line it with cabbage leaves or parchment paper.
- Avoid Overcooking: Steam the momos until the wrappers are cooked through but still slightly translucent. Overcooking can lead to a rubbery texture.
- Serve Immediately: Momos taste best when served fresh and hot. Avoid letting them sit for too long before serving.
- Spicy Dip Balance: Adjust the spiciness of the dip to your taste. You can control the heat by adding or reducing the amount of chili or pepper.
- Dip Consistency: If the dip is too thick, add a little water or lemon juice to achieve the desired consistency. If it’s too thin, adjust by adding more yogurt or cream.
- Garnish Creatively: Garnish your chicken momos with fresh herbs like cilantro, spring onions, or toasted sesame seeds. It adds visual appeal and extra flavor.
- Variation and Experimentation: Feel free to experiment with different fillings, such as vegetarian options or alternative protein sources. Get creative with the dip’s flavors by adding herbs, spices, or citrus zest.
- Serve with Love: The joy of sharing food is in the presentation. Arrange your chicken momos on a beautiful platter and offer the spicy dip in a complementary bowl for an inviting experience.
Serving Suggestions of Chicken Momos with Spicy Dip
- Appetizer Platter: Create an appetizer platter with a variety of dipping sauces, including the spicy dip, soy sauce, and sweet chili sauce. Arrange the momos on a plate with fresh cilantro or microgreens for a colorful presentation.
- Family Feast: Serve chicken momos as part of a larger meal. Pair them with aromatic steamed rice, sautéed vegetables, and a light curry for a complete and satisfying dinner.
- Lunchbox Treat: Pack chicken momos in lunchboxes for a flavorful and portable meal. Include some extra spicy dip in a separate container for dipping on-the-go.
- Party Snack: Impress your guests by serving chicken momos at parties and gatherings. Set up a momo station with various dips and sauces for everyone to enjoy.
- Soup and Salad Combo: Serve chicken momos alongside a warm bowl of clear vegetable or chicken broth soup. Accompany the meal with a refreshing side salad for a balanced and nutritious lunch.
- Cultural Fusion: Combine different cuisines by serving chicken momos with a side of fragrant coconut rice or even naan bread for a fusion feast.
- Tea-Time Delight: Enjoy chicken momos as a delightful addition to your tea or coffee time. The flavorful bites pair well with both hot and cold beverages.
- Quick Snack: Whenever you’re craving a quick and delicious snack, reheat leftover momos and serve them with the spicy dip for an instant treat.
- Healthier Twist: Serve chicken momos with a side of steamed or sautéed vegetables for a balanced and wholesome meal option.
- Dip Delight: While the spicy dip is the perfect accompaniment, you can also pair chicken momos with other dips like tamarind chutney, mint yogurt sauce, or sweet chili sauce.
FAQs about Chicken Momos with Spicy Dip
- What are momos? Momos are a popular dumpling dish originating from Tibet and Nepal. They consist of a thin dough filled with various ingredients, such as meat, vegetables, or cheese, and are typically steamed or fried.
- Can I use different meat for the filling? Absolutely! While this recipe features chicken filling, you can easily substitute it with minced pork, beef, or even a vegetarian option using tofu and vegetables.
- How do I prevent momos from sticking to the steamer? To prevent momos from sticking to the steamer, you can line the steamer basket with lettuce leaves, cabbage leaves, or parchment paper. This creates a barrier between the dumplings and the steamer, ensuring they don’t stick.
- Can I freeze leftover momos? Yes, you can freeze leftover momos. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until firm. Then, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. When reheating, steam them directly from the freezer until heated through.
- What is the spicy dip made of? The spicy dip is typically made from a combination of red chili flakes, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, and other seasonings. It adds a flavorful and spicy kick to the momos.
Indulge in the savory delight of Chicken Momos with Spicy Dip. These flavorful dumplings paired with the zesty dip create a taste sensation that’s perfect for any occasion. Get ready to savor every bite and share the joy of these delectable treats with your loved ones.