Momos are undoubtedly every child’s favourite food. The typical recipe is made from refined flour & cabbage sautéed in oodles of oil. Here is our recipe, an attempt to make a super healthy version of Momos made of whole wheat and oil-free. The filling used is a protein-rich bean sprouts and antioxidant-rich broccoli to meet the calcium needs of your growing child. Follow the exact procedure to make the healthiest & yummiest momos ever!
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Total Cooking Time: 10 Mins
Serving Size: 10-12 Momos
Whole Wheat Flour - 3/4th cup
Lemon/AmlaPowder - 1 or 1/2 spoon Amla Powder
Blanched & Finely Chopped Broccoli - 1/2 cup
Steamed Azuki and Green Moong bean Sprouts - 1 + 1/2 cup
Ginger paste - 1/2 Tsp
Pepper powder - 1 pinch
Finely chopped garlic - 1 Tsp
Dates puree (do not use sugar for babies) - 1 Tbsp
Cold pressed Oil of your choice - 3 Tsp
Suggestion: For toddlers use very low amount of salt, about half pinch of and preferably rock salt
- Combine the whole wheat flour and a little salt (optional) or lemon and 2 tsps oil in a deep bowl, mix well and knead into a soft dough using enough water. Cover the dough in vessel, and keep aside to rest for 15-20 mins. Using oil will keep the momos soft since we are not using maida.
- For the filling, combine the finely chopped broccoli, bean sprouts, ginger paste, pepper powder, garlic, dates puree and salt (optional) or lemon/amla powder in a bowl and mix well. Keep the stuffing aside.
- Divide the dough into 12 equal small portions
- Roll out a portion of the dough into a circle using a little whole wheat flour for rolling and place 1 tbsp of the prepared stuffing in the center of the circle.
- Fold over to make a semi-circle and press the edges lightly with your fingers to seal it.
- Bring both the corners of the semi-circle one over the other and again pinch it with your fingers to seal it together.
- Repeat steps 4 to 6 to make more momos.
- Brush a little bit of oil on the momos before steaming. It will keep it hot and shining. It will also avoid the momos being stuck to the vessel.
- Steam the momos in a steamer for 15 minutes. You can use an idli cooker or idli steamer to make these as well.
- Surprise your child and serve it immediately with fresh mint leaves (pudina) chutney.
A few things to note:
1. Since its made of whole wheat , it is important to consume it immediately and as its hot. Cold momos may get hard with a rough texture
2. Ensure you cook is a few mins extra to get the whole wheat completely cooked
3. You can also make the dough using part maida + part whole wheat. This may make it more softer and a closer resemblance to the traditional momos
Try them and give us your feedback on this yummy dish.