Friday, August 6, 2010

What?? You're Vegetarian??: Potato Momos

Last night I went to a friend's house for momos. She and her husband had invited some guests, absolutely wonderful people, and we were all having a great time, preparing for dinner, when we suddenly found out that one of our guests is vegetarian. Fortunately, a good friend of mine is vegetarian and taught me, years ago, how to make potato momos. We whipped them up very quickly, and everyone seemed to enjoy them. Photos and recipe below!

(Note! Since we were just throwing this together with the leftovers in the fridge, we didn't have cilantro or scallions. Fortunately, it still tasted good! Be creative. This is a great way to get rid of leftovers. I call these my "poor man momos" because it's so cheap to throw together)

Potato Momos
3 medium sized potatos
1 white onion
1 large bunch of scallions
1 handful of cilantro
1-2 cloves of garlic
1 inch of ginger root
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cumin (OK, all of these are rough estimates)
Salt to taste
1 cup of frozen peas

Momo Dough

One of my favorite things about this recipe is that its really quick to make and is prepared easily.

Start with cubing some potatoes. Boil these until they are nice and soft and mashable.

While the potatoes are boiling, chop the onions, scallions, garlic, ginger and cilantro. Onions, scallions and cilantro shouldbe coarsely chopped, the ginger and garlic should be finely chopped.

When the potatoes are done, mash them, also mash in the chopped onions, cilantro, scallions, garlic, ginger and spices. Feel free to taste this, since there is nothing that can't be eaten in its current state.

Now, so as not to destroy the peas, gently mix them in with a fork, spoon or spatula. The peas will defrost on their own.

Now time to make the momos! For information on folding the momos, check here!
Thinley watches as I start work on the momos.
He wanted food NOW! I can't blame him...

Steam for 15 minutes, or until the wrappers are no longer sticky.
Tashi, baby Rinchen, and Thinley, all eagerly awaiting momos.

Jessica and Thinley ready for dinner!

OK, seriously, kids love momos. I'm just going to say that not only is this a great, filling, veg option instead of meat momos and is fat free, insofar as I can tell, but kids seriously love this. Thinley puts ketchup on his. Potatoes and ketchup? Is any kid NOT going to like that? I love it too, but I stick with chili sauce.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome momos, Amalia- you saved the day, or night, rather. And great photo journalism, Alan!