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Chilly Garlic Momos with Schezwan Dip

I am sure regular readers of my blog know that I love Momos. Momos in any form, shape and with any stuffing (Veg) gets a yes please from me. All of a sudden or may be just to get rid of those monday blues, I decided that i am gonna make Momos for lunch. I thought I am gonna wake up early that morning, but as usual I ended up getting at 10 AM. I realized that I do not even have the basic stuff like carrots, beans. I was turning frantic and I am sure that I am gonna mess up my day routine. I rushed to the local vegetable vendor and I was really lucky to get the right stuff.

I was a happy camper. I kneaded the dough and threw all my veggies in my chopper and it did a fabulous job of fine chopping :) and let the pics do the talking.

Off to the recipe.

Chilly Garlic Momos
For Momos
Maida or All purpose flour - 1 cup
Salt - as required
Sugar - 1/2 tbsp (optional)
Oil - 2 tbsps
For Stuffing
Garlic Pods - 3-4 finely chopped
Carrots,beans,cabbage and onion - 1 cup finely chopped or you can run through chopper like thrice
Pepper Powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly Flakes - 1 tsp
Salt- As required
Soy Sauce - 1/2 tsp
Chilly Sauce - 1 tbsp
Olive Oil - 2 tbsps

Knead a soft and pliable dough using Maida, sugar, salt, oil and water as required. Cover it with a wet cloth until use.
Heat oil in a pan and fry garlic until golden brown in color.
Add all the vegetables and saute them for 2-3 mins
It's time for all the sauces and spice powders. Add them all and give this mixture a good stir.
Fry this mixture for 2 mins and then you are done with the stuffing.
Allow this mixture to cool.

Let's prepare momos.
Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Now you will get 2 logs. Cut these logs equal slices or you can actually make small balls (gooseberry sized).
While you work on the first log, you can cover the second one with a moist cloth.
Roll each ball or slice into 2-3 inch diameter disc. Make sure it is thin and even disc.
Add a spoonful of stuffing in the center and start pleating. You will need to grab the ends of the disc and start pleating. Once done, join these pleats in the center and then twist gently towards one side.
You can refer to this video for details.
Repeat this procedure.
If your electric cooker is steamer compatible, then your life is much easier else you can use steaming basket (boil some hot water in a large pan and place the steaming basket over it) - Please refer to notes.
You can use idli cooker or pressure cooker and place momos on idly plates.
I used electric cooker and steamed them for 7-8 mins. The outer covering will become glossy and that's when you can call it done.

Schezwan Dip

Dry Red Chillies - 15
Garlic Cloves - 20 finely chopped
Ginger - 1/2 tbsp chopped
Soy sauce - 1 tsp
Tomato Sauce - 1/2 cup
Salt- as per taste
Olive oil - 2 tbsps

Procedure - Boil dry red chillies in hot water (say 1 cup) and allow them to cool. Now grind them into a fine paste using the same water. Heat oil in a pan and fry garlic and ginger until the pungent smell subsides. Now add dry red chillies paste. Cook this mixture until oil leaves sides of the pan. Add the remaining ingredients and allow this mixture to bubble up. That is it. You're done.

Serve it with momos.

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Chilly Garlic Momos with Schezwan Dip


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