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India around a plate: Momo edition

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This power-packed delicacy came from the huts of Nepal. And everyone around the country made it theirs. When you think of momos, you see that one sweet lady from the north, with her life wrinkling around her smile. Her hands filled with steam, create a warmth that travels right to our soul. Momos aren’t just a plate of food. If you eat momos, be rest assured. They were made with the utmost of love.

All across India, there are small corners all creating their best. Here are a few things that you have to taste at least once:

The first momo

Almost a lifetime ago, Dolma Aunty walked down from Tibet and gave us the real deal. She set up the stall in about 1994 and soon after the news spread like wildfire. She set up her classic momo stall in Lajpat Nagar and people come from all over to meet their beloved Dolma Aunty and her delicious momos.

 

 

The Delhi masala

Whatever comes to Delhi finds itself marinating along with the culture. The city can’t help but put its spice into everything. And that’s exactly what we adore about these momos. All the way from Tandoori to Afghani to Cocktail to Mozzarella, this place does it all. Giri’s Momo in ND market, Pitampura is one of the few thousand such places. But it is an excellent catch! There are a number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options!

 

 

The ‘macchi’ momo

Momo embraces all. And this place, Chimney Sizzlers, packs the flavour of the sea in their dumplings. It is quite a tough one to find fish and prawn momos. And theirs are to kill. The place looks a little dull but don’t go by looks here.

The healthy kind

Who says momos aren’t healthy? But if you’re looking like the extreme healthy sort, these whole wheat momos at JJI Exile Brothers Mamas Kitchen, McLeodGanj will give you everything you want. The potato momos and the spinach momos are something else altogether.

 

 

The kothe momos

Yeti, The Himalayan Kitchen in New Delhi puts together bits of  Tibetan, Nepalese, Bhutanese and Northeast Indian dishes. They do their classic momos like they’re done in Tibet. They steam their momos and then fry them on one side in a pan. They also have small momos served with a sesame-peanut sauce.

There are many kinds of succulent pork and other meat momos available all across the north. But vegetarian momos aren’t any less! At the end of the day this is something that matters to everybody.

Tell us what’s the momo place that you find solace in?

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