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Momo (Nepali Dish)
Momo nepal.jpg
A typical serving of a plate of momo with sesame yellow and red garlic chilli sauce.
Course Appetizers or entrees
Place of origin Nepal, Tibet
Region or state Nepal
Created by Tibetan diaspora in South Asia or Nepali Newar merchants
Main ingredients White-flour-and-water dough; meat, vegetable or cheese filling
Variations Steam-momo, Kothey momo, C-momo, Fry-momo, Open-momo
Food energy
(per serving)
350 to 1000 (35 to 100 per piece) kcal
Cookbook: Momo (Nepali Dish) 
Media: Momo (Nepali Dish)

Momo is a type of South Asian dumpling; native to Nepal and Tibet. It is similar to Chinese baozi and jiaozi, Mongolian buuz, Japanese gyoza and Korean mandu.

[1].The name Momo was derived for the Newari language of Nepal in which the word 'mo' which means steam. The different names for the dumpling include Nepali: मम; Nepal Bhasa: ममचा, मम:; Tibetan: མོག་མོག་Wylie: mog mog; simplified Chinese: 馍馍; traditional Chinese: 饃饃; pinyin: mómo[2]

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The dish is believed to be of Tibetan origin and since then has spread to other neighboring countries with the influx of Tibetan diaspora. Since this dish was initially popular among the Newar community of the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal one prevalent belief[3] is that traveling Newar merchants brought the recipe and the name momo from Tibet where the Newar Merchants used to go to trade. They modified the seasonings of the dish with available ingredients, such as water buffalo.


Momo is a type of steamed dumpling with some form of filling. Momo has become a traditional delicacy in Nepal, Tibet and among Nepalese/Tibetan communities in Bhutan as well as people of Sikkim. It is one of the most popular fast foods in Nepal. Momos have also spread to other countries like United States (some parts), UK and India. Momo used to be particularly part of cultural and traditional cuisine among the Newar community specially among Tuladhar and their related clans. Until the mid 1990s or some years after the Jana Andolan, Momo was a popular cuisine among Newars and other communities of Nepal. Momo used to be home-cooked before mid 1990s. At that time, only buffalo mince meat was used, which restricted expansion among Nepali Brahmin and Chhetri population. However, due to increased migration to and from Kathmandu, and the Himalayan regions of Nepal, increased eating out culture, and free economy, Momo spread across the world and has been one of the most loved cuisine among Nepali diaspora. According to older generation of Newars, Momo might have been introduced by Newar merchants doing trade in Tibet. That momo got its name for being a steamed dish (in Newari/Nepal Bhasa, Mo means steam), as per oral history.[citation needed] Until the mid 2000s, momo was only limited among Nepali and Tibetian communities in India


 A plate of momos
A plate of momos
 A woman making momos
A woman making momos

A simple white-flour-and-water dough is generally preferred to make the outer momo covering. Sometimes, a little yeast or baking soda is added to give a more doughy texture to the finished product.

Traditionally, momo is prepared with ground/minced meat filling, but over the past several years, this has changed and the fillings have become more elaborate. These days, momo is prepared with virtually any combination of ground meat, vegetables, tofu, paneer cheese, soft chhurpi (local hard cheese) and vegetable and meat combinations.[4]

The dough is rolled into small circular flat pieces. The filling is then enclosed in the circular dough cover either in a round pocket or in a half-moon or crescent shape. People prefer meat that has a lot of fat because it produces intensively flavored juicy momos. A little oil is sometimes added to the lean ground/minced meat to keep the filling moist and juicy. The dumplings are then cooked by steaming over a soup (either a stock based on bones or vegetables) in a momo-making utensil called mucktoo. The dumplings may also be pan-fried or deep-fried after being steamed.


There are typically two types of momo, steamed and fried. Momo is usually served with a dipping sauce (locally called chutney/achhar[6]), normally made with tomato as the base ingredient. Soup momo is a dish with steamed momo immersed in a meat broth. Pan-fried momo is also known as kothey momo. Steamed momo served in hot sauce is called C-momo. There are also a variety of dumplings of Nepal , including tingmo and thaipo.


See also


  1. ^ Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae. Akadémiai Kiadó. 1955. p. 209. 
  2. ^ Jīn Péng 金鹏 (ed.): Zàngyǔ jiǎnzhì 藏语简志. Mínzú chūbǎnshè 民族出版社, Beijing 1983, p. 31. This is not the same as dumpling.
  3. ^ Sijapati, Alisha (September 17, 2016). "A Juicy Love Affair". Retrieved September 22, 2016 – via The Kathmandu Post. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Momo recipe". Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ Williams, James. "Momos Chutney Recipe". 

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