Soya Veg Momoms – A delicious snack for all ages!
Delhi street food star, Momos need no introduction to Delhiites or to those who reside in NCR region in India. Momos are tasty dumplings made in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. These have, of late, become the latest fancy of Delhi residents. No one knows when exactly Delhi accepted these humble Tibetan dumplings and apparently made them its favourite snack.
From birthdays to cocktail parties, momos are now among the favourites of the Delhites.
They are steamed or fried dumplings with a minced meat or vegetable filling. They are served piping hot, and are often enjoyed with a spicy chili-tomato sauce.
Momos are hassle free to eat, and are very easy on the pocket. May be this is the reason why the fast-paced Delhiites love the dish so much.
It was in the late 90s that the city witnessed a growing interest towards momo. Before that, momo were not a readily available dish in Delhi. These were confined to the food menus of Chinese restaurants and star-rated hotels only.
Momo have come a long way and it looks like they are here to stay as a favourite fast food for a long time.
Usually you will find chicken or Veg momos in Delhi srteets specially Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar or Noida in India The filling that these people use is generally Chicken or cabbage-carrot. When I used to stay in India I avoided eating cabbage due to a cabbage worm phobia which was in news those days. That worm which was invisible, infected human brain, if cabbage was consumed raw. I started looking for another vegetarian options for momos when We ( me and My husband) found this Momos Vendor in our area who used to make soya momos. I was so thrilled when We came to know that we have a good vegetarian option for momos which had no cabbage.
I recreated the same recipe at home and I am so glad that even my kids love this so much. These momos full of protein and veggies are a great healthy snack for kids as well as adults.
2 cups maida ( all Purpose flour)
1/2 tsp salt
Water to make dough
2 tsp Oil
1/2 cup carrots – grated
1 cup Soy Granules soaked in water
1/2 cup finely chopped beans
1/2 cup cauliflower shredded
1 Tbsp oil
1/2 cup onion – finely chopped
1 tbsp garlic – chopped
1 tsp Soya sauce
1/4 tsp vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper
Method to make filling
1.Mix the flour, salt and water and knead to a stiff dough with water. Cover this dough and let it rest for 15 minutes.
2.Heat oil and add the onion and garlic.
3.Saute over high heat and add the carrot, beans and cauliflower. Turn around over high heat till all the moisture evaporates. Squeeze the soya granules, and put in the pan and stir it continuously.
4.Then mix in the Soya sauce, salt, vinegar and black pepper and mix well. Stir this mixture till the moisture dries up. Turn of the flame and let the mixture cool down.
Method to make momos.
1.Roll the dough thin and cut into circles using a cookie cutter or any sharp circular object like steel glass.
The size of these circular dough discs should be 4″or 5″.
2.Take a disc, wet edges and place some filling in the center.
3.Bring edges together to cover the filling. Twist to seal and fill the rest in the same way.
4.Steam for about 15 minutes and serve hot and Tomato-chili sauce.( see notes for recipe)
1. To make tomato chilli sauce, Soak 4-5 whole dry red chilies in water for 10 minutes. In a blender put these chilis, 1 tbsp. tomato Ketchup, 2 cloves of garlic & salt. Add little water and grind them together to make Chili sauce.
2. You can make any filling of your choice and make momos using the same method. Some combinations I use are Soy-onion momos, Cauliflower-carrot momos, Paneer -veg momos.
3. It is very important to make sure that the discs or circles are thin specially at the edges so that the momos cook well while steaming.