Chicken momos

Recipe of steamed chicken momos


Steamed chicken momos have become hugely popular street food of late. This Tibetan dish can now be seen in the streets all over India. It is very versatile and can be made with various fillings such as vegetables, paneer (curd/cottage cheese), chicken, lamb, etc. It is healthy as it is steamed; though now pan fried versions as well as tandoori momos have also become very popular. I very often make steamed chicken momos at home and they are very delicious.

You will need a steamer for steaming the momos. Traditionally they are steamed in a bamboo steamer, but if you don’t have it, use any steamer available in market. You can steam it in rice cooker too.

Check the recipes of Pomfret Hara Bhara. You may also like sweet pea and mint soup to accompany chicken momos.

recipe of steamed chicken momos

Prep time: 20 mins        Cooking time: 20 mins              Servings: 15 momos


For momos:

All purpose flour (maida)         2 cups

mince chicken                       250gms

onion, finely chopped        1 (medium sized)

garlic, finely chopped        4-5 cloves

ginger, finely chopped        1 inch piece

coriander leaves, finely chopped   2 table spoon

Soya sauce                               2 teaspoons

salt to taste.

Few cabbage leaves for spreading in steamer.

For sauce:

Tomatoes, finely chopped      2 cups

garlic, finely chopped               2-3 cloves

red chilly powder                        1/2 teaspoon

cooking oil                                    1 tablespoon

salt to taste.


For preparing chicken momos:

1. To prepare dough, take the flour and add some salt to it. Knead it into dough using water so that it is neither too tight nor too soft.Cover it and allow it to rest for some time.

2. For filling, take chicken mince and add chopped onions, garlic, ginger, and coriander to it. Add soya-sauce and salt to it. Be careful while adding salt as soya-sauce also contains salt. Mix everything properly.

chicken momos

Chopped onion, garlic, ginger, chillies and coriander ready to be mixed to minced chicken.

Filling for chicken momos

                                                      The filling is ready

3.  Divide dough into 15 parts. Roll out a small thin round discs/poori (see picture). Put a spoonful of filling and fold the sides to make a small packet/potli (see picture). Pinch the edges. Make similar packets using rest of the dough. You can experiment and make chicken momos of different shapes. You can make it of crescent shape, similar to a gujhiya as well.


                                        Outer covering of momos


                                         Filling placed on the flat disc

4. Heat water in steamer. Spread cabbage leaves at the base of the perforated vessel and place momos on them. Due to these leaves, momos do not stick to the vessel. If you do not want to use leaves, apply some oil to the vessel and then place momos on it. Steam the chicken momos for 15-20 minutes.


Spread cabbage leaves on steamer

Steamed chicken momos

Place momos on cabbage leaves and steam

Chicken momos with chutney

Steamed momos are ready

Preparing sauce for chicken momos:

1. Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped garlic and saute for a minute. then add red chili.

2. Quickly add chopped tomatoes to it. Add salt to taste. Cover with a lid and let it cook on low flame till tomatoes are done. Sauce is ready.

Serve this sauce with steaming hot chicken momos.

Tomato chutney with chicken momos

Spicy sauce goes well with steamed chicken momos

Came across interesting read about Tibetan cuisines. You can read it here.

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