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Recipe: Mayur's Jhol Momo

By MAYUR SANAP
Last updated on: July 08, 2024 14:37 IST
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Everyone loves dumpling soups!

Why not season your momo broth or jhol with spices of your choice, add the dumplings, and, without much ado, you will have a creation that make it to the list of food that are good for your mood.

Jhol Momo or dumplings dunked in a bowl of warm soup are a common sight in Nepal and the Himalayan region and it's got the right amount of piquancy to nourish your soul in the gloomy weather.

Simple to make, this recipe is for the soup, in which you can add your momos of choice. Opt to buy the momos separately or make them from scratch. Buying the momos makes for a not very time-consuming preparation process.

Jhol Momo

Serves: 2-3

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium-sized onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp peanuts, roasted and skinned
  • 1 tbsp til or white sesame seeds, roasted
  • 2-3 garlic pods, chopped
  • ½-inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 green chillies
  • 3 dried red Kashmiri chillies
  • 1 tsp jeera or cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp haldi or turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp sugar, optional
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh green dhania or coriander or cilantro leaves
  • 1 neebu or lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste, about 1 tsp
  • Water
  • 6-9 chicken or pork or vegetable or paneer momos, use the frozen variety available in supermarkets and on delivery apps, or make from scratch by following this recipe

Method

  • Heat the oil in a kadhai or frying pan.
    Add the cumin seeds and let sizzle.
    Add the chopped onion, green chillies, red chillies, garlic, ginger and saute over medium heat.
    Add the tomatoes and cook till they turn soft.
    Add the turmeric powder and the coriander leaves -- reserve some for the garnish.
    Mix well.
    Take off heat and let this mixture cool for about 5-10 minutes.
    Transfer the mixture into a mixer or blender.
    Add the sesame seeds, peanuts, pinch salt, and blend until a smooth sauce.
  • Transfer the sauce into a kadhai and heat it.
    Add the remaining salt, sugar, lemon juice.
    Add water and bring it to a boil for 4 to 5 minutes.
    If you want a thinner soup, add more water; a watery, soupy consistency is preferred.
  • Keep the momos you plan to use -- whether frozen or fresh -- steamed or fried and warm.
  • Take the soup off the heat and pour it into a soup bowl, add a few momos per bowl, and garnish with the chopped coriander leaves.

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