Chicken Momo is a dumpling made from plain flour and filled with either meat or vegetables. Inspired by Tibetan dumplings, the dish is a very popular Nepali street food .

Chicken Momos ingredients :

For the dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Water, as needed
  • Salt, a pinch

For the filling:

  • 1 cup minced chicken, beef, pork, or vegetables (cabbage, carrots, and mushrooms work well)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: chopped green onions, cilantro, or other seasonings of your choice


1. Prepare the Dough:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and a pinch of salt.
  2. Gradually add water and knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic. The dough should not be too sticky or too dry.
  3. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for about 30 minutes.

2. Prepare the Filling:

  1. In a pan, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the minced garlic and ginger, and sauté for a minute until fragrant.
  3. Add the chopped onion and sauté until it becomes translucent.
  4. Add the minced meat or vegetables and cook until they are fully cooked and any liquid has evaporated.
  5. Stir in the soy sauce, salt, pepper, and any additional seasonings you prefer.
  6. Remove the filling from the heat and let it cool down.

3. Shape and Fill the Momo:

  1. Divide the rested dough into small portions and roll them into balls.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out each ball into a thin, circular wrapper. The edges should be thinner than the center.
  3. Place a spoonful of the cooled filling in the center of each wrapper.

4. Fold and Pleat the Momo:

  1. Hold the filled wrapper in one hand and start folding and pleating the edges to create a half-moon shape. Pinch and twist the edges to seal the momo.
  2. Continue pleating along the edge until you reach the center, sealing the momo tightly.

5. Steam the Momos:

  1. Line a steamer basket with cabbage leaves or parchment paper to prevent sticking.
  2. Arrange the momos in the steamer, making sure they don’t touch each other.
  3. Steam the momos for about 10-15 minutes or until the wrappers are cooked and translucent.

6. Serve:

  1. Once the momos are steamed, carefully remove them from the steamer and arrange them on a serving plate.
  2. Serve hot with dipping sauces such as soy sauce, chili sauce, or a tangy tomato-based sauce.

Enjoy your delicious homemade momos! Remember, you can adjust the recipe by using different fillings and seasonings to suit your taste.