Vegetable Momos

Delicious steamed Nepalese dumplings filled with vegetables. Momos are said to originate from Tibet and are now popular throughout the region. This recipe makes approximately 20 momos.

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Yield: 4 servings


  • 20 momo wrappers (~200g)
  • 20mL sunflower oil (~18.2g)
  • 1 white cabbage (~900g)
  • 2 carrots (~290g)
  • 1 yellow onion (~175g)
  • 30g fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic (~18g)
  • 1 dash ground black pepper (~0.25g)
  • 1 tsp reduced salt soy sauce (~5.8g)


  1. Shred (grate or very finely chop) the washed/peeled cabbage, carrots, onion, ginger and garlic.
  2. Heat the sunflower oil and then stir fry the shredded vegetables on a high heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until starting to soften. Add the black pepper towards the end.
  3. Remove from the heat, add the soy sauce and stir in.
  4. Once the stir fried vegetables are cool enough to handle, place a small ball of mix in the middle of each momo wrapper and pinch together to form a dumpling (as pictured).
  5. Steam for about 10 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with a dipping sauce.

Momo Wrappers

You may be able to buy momo wrappers (gyoza or similar dumpling wrappers should also be suitable) or you can make your own. The dough can be made by mixing 140g of plain or pasta flour, quarter of a teaspoon of salt and 70mL of almost boiling water. Stir in (taking care not to burn/scald yourself) and when cool enough, knead. Cut the wrappers into approximately 10g pieces and roll out thin (7 or 8cm diameter). Making your own wrappers adds about an extra 30 minutes to the preparation time.

Dipping Sauces

Serve with a chilli and peanut dipping sauce, a tomato chutney or whatever you prefer.

Other Fillings

Popular alternative or additional fillings include: tofu, mushrooms, spring onions (scallions), bean sprouts, chilli and coriander (cilantro).

If you're ever in Innsbruck, Austria, it's worth a visit to Himal to try theirs.

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Special Diets

  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • Suitable for vegans


Per 100g Serving (409g)
Energy 277kJ 1137kJ
Energy 66.4kcal 271kcal
Fat 1.3g 5.4g
  of which saturates 0.18g 0.74g
Carbohydrates 12.1g 49.6g
  of which sugars 3.3g 13.7g
Fibre 2.3g 9.2g
Protein 2.2g 9.1g
Sodium 63.7mg 260mg
  as salt 0.16g 0.66g
Fruit/veg portions 1.1 4.3

Values are based on nutritional values of the ingredients, it doesn't allow for evaporation losses or changes caused by cooking. Figures are estimates only.