Momos

Momos
Indian Street Food

Momos

The ultimate comfort food, momos are steamed dumplings with a beef filling, wrapped in a dough accompanied by spicy dipping sauce.

The mom finds its origins in Tibet. It is assumed that it has it roots in the Chinese dim sum tradition similar to the Japanese gyoza. However, unlike the the extravagant dim sums of Cantonese cuisine, the mom was a peasant dish. It was made out of the cheapest, most common flour and filled with minced yak meat and flavoured with local spices.

During the Tibetan uprising of 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama and his government fled to India. Over the next decade around 80,000 Tibetan refugees made the same arduous trek over the Himalayas to India. The Tibetan diaspora spread out all across India bringing their culture and traditions with them including the delicious momo.

Easily cooked, portable and with no equipment needed other than a steamer, the Momos soon became the king of street food in India.