Veg. Mo:Mo: | Vegetarian Dumplings | Nepali Dumplings

Mo:mo is one of the various forms of dumplings. Other variations include Kinkali (Georgia), Mandu (Korea), Pelmeni(Russia), Periogi (Poland) and many more.

In Shanxi, China, the word “momo” is simply the character for “steamed bun.” Over time, the name momo spread to Tibet and, slowly, the word spread to other neighboring countries with the influx of Tibetans.

The dish is believed to have Tibetan origin. Furthermore, this dish was initially popular among the Newar community of the Kathmandu Valley; thus, it is also believed to have been brought in Kathmandu by the Newar merchants. These merchants then modified the seasonings of the dish with available ingredients, such as water buffalo.

Vegetarian momo is fairly new to Kathmandu as compared to buff mo:mo since, as mentioned, above buff momo were first known to Newar community.

Today there are different variations of momo found: Kothey, sadeyko and C-momo. We have tried to note down some of them at Bhancha.


  • Details

    • Recipe type: Momo | Main Dish |
    • Cuisine: Nepali | Tibetan
    • Serves: 2-3 serves
    • Prep time: 25 minutes
    • Cook time: 15 minutes
    • Total time: 40 minutes
  • Ingredients

    • 2 cups of finely chopped cabbages
    • 2 cups refined flour
    • Salt to taste
    • 2 bunches of spring onions very finely chopped or 3 medium sized dry onions grated.
    • 3-4 Green chillies finely chopped
    • 5-6 cloves Garlic chopped
    • 2 teaspoons of Momo Masala


For Wrappings:

In a bowl, add flour, sufficient water, and knead a soft dough.

Make small rotis with 1 ½ inch radius.

For Kima:

In a separate bowl, mix cabbages, spring onions/onions, green chilies, garlic, and momo masala.

For Dumplings:

Take a wrapping and put about a tsp of the filling in the middle.

Bring all edges together to the center, making small tight pleats. Pinch and twist the pleats and close the momo tightly. Repeat the process.

Steam in a steamer for about twenty minutes or until the wrapping is properly cooked.

Serve with dipping sauces your choice or special momo soup called momocha / momo jhol.

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