Vegetable Momos Recipe - A famous street food steamed delicacy.

This recipe is from the book Street Food.

Main Ingredients : Refined flour (maida), French beans

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Starter

Vegetable Momos

Some say Chinese cuisine is 400,000 years old going back to the Peking Man and his use of fire. Some other accounts of the history of Chinese cuisine takes the beginning to the Chinese stone age. However today Chinese cuisine enjoys the distinction of being the most popular in the world.
All this furore about Chinese food can make one wonder what is so special about this cuisine.  To put it in one word it is wholesome.  It has the characteristics of being nutritious, economical, balanced and delicious. It cannot be gainsaid that Chinese food is popular the world over and it can be adapted into our modern lifestyles as the strong link between diet and health of body, mind and spirit is epitomized in Chinese cookery. We all desire harmony in our lives and this works on the ancient Taoist principle of Yin and Yang in which balance and contrast are the key. Each Chinese dish reflects a balance of taste, texture, aroma and colour. Be it sweet, sour, pungent, hot, salty or spicy – all the six basic flavours are incorporated deftly in all Chinese dishes.

Vegetable Momos Recipe - How to make Vegetable Momos

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Ingredients

  • Refined flour (maida) 1 cup

  • French beans finely chopped10

  • Carrot finely chopped 1 medium

  • Fresh button mushrooms finely chopped 4-5

  • Spring onions finely chopped 2

  • Bean sprouts 1/4 cup

  • Cashewnuts chopped 8-10

  • Ginger finely chopped 1 inch piece

  • Green chilli finely chopped 1

  • Black peppercorns crushed 8-10

  • Light soy sauce 1/2 tablespoon

  • Sesame oil (til oil) 1 teaspoon

  • MSG optional 1/4 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Spring onion greens chopped 1

Method

Step 1

Mix the refined flour with five tablespoons of water and knead into a stiff dough. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside for fifteen minutes.

Step 2

For the filling, combine the French beans, carrot, mushrooms, spring onions, bean sprouts, cashewnuts, ginger, green chilli, peppercorns, soy sauce, sesame oil, MSG and salt in a large bowl.

Step 3

Divide the dough into sixteen equal portions and roll into small thin discs. Place a spoonful of the vegetable filling in the centre of each disc and bring the sides together in the centre, pinching firmly together to form a dumpling.

Step 4

Divide the dough into sixteen equal portions and roll into small thin discs. Place a spoonful of the vegetable filling in the centre of each disc and bring the sides together in the centre, pinching firmly together to form a dumpling.

Step 5

Transfer to a serving plate. Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot with Sichuan sauce.

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