Making momos at home can be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience, especially when you realize how easy it can be without needing a traditional steamer. These delicious dumplings, originating from Nepal and Tibet, are now a popular snack worldwide. We will guide you through a step-by-step process to create the perfect momos right in your kitchen, using simple tools you already have.

Ingredients Needed

For the Dough

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 cup water (adjust as needed)

For the Filling

  • 1 cup finely chopped vegetables (carrots, cabbage, bell peppers, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms or tofu (optional for vegetarian momos)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Step-by-Step Instructions

Preparing the Dough

  1. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and salt. Gradually add water and mix until the dough starts to come together.
  2. Knead the Dough: Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Preparing the Filling

  1. Heat Oil: In a pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onions and garlic, sauté until they become translucent.
  2. Add Vegetables: Add the chopped vegetables and ginger to the pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Season the Filling: Add soy sauce, salt, and black pepper. Stir well to combine all the ingredients. Cook for another 2 minutes and let the mixture cool.

Assembling the Momos

  1. Roll the Dough: Divide the dough into small balls, about the size of a walnut. Roll each ball into a thin, circular wrapper, approximately 3-4 inches in diameter.
  2. Fill the Wrappers: Place a tablespoon of filling in the center of each wrapper. Fold the wrapper in half and pinch the edges to seal, creating pleats as you go to ensure the filling is securely enclosed.

Cooking the Momos Without a Steamer

Using a Pan and Water

  1. Prepare the Pan: Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Lightly grease the pan with a small amount of oil.
  2. Add Water: Place the momos in the pan, ensuring they do not touch each other. Add a small amount of water (about 1/4 cup) to the pan and cover immediately with a tight-fitting lid.
  3. Steam the Momos: Allow the momos to steam for about 10-12 minutes. Check occasionally to ensure there is still water in the pan, adding more if necessary. The momos are done when the dough becomes translucent and slightly golden on the bottom.

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Using a Microwave

  1. Prepare the Dish: Arrange the momos in a microwave-safe dish, ensuring they are not touching each other. Lightly sprinkle with water.
  2. Microwave: Cover the dish with a microwave-safe lid or plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 4-5 minutes. Check for doneness; the momos should be translucent and the filling hot.

Using an Oven

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the Baking Tray: Place the momos on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Lightly brush the momos with oil.
  3. Bake the Momos: Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning once halfway through, until the momos are golden brown and crispy.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the freshly made momos hot with a side of spicy tomato chutney or soy sauce. For a traditional experience, you can also prepare a chili garlic dip.

Spicy Tomato Chutney Recipe


  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2-3 dried red chilies
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar


  1. Heat Oil: In a pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the dried red chilies, garlic, and ginger, sauté until fragrant.
  2. Cook Tomatoes: Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they become soft and the oil starts to separate.
  3. Blend: Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then blend until smooth. Adjust salt and sugar to taste.

Tips for Perfect Momos

  • Keep the Dough Moist: Always cover the dough with a damp cloth to prevent it from drying out.
  • Fine Chopping: Ensure all vegetables are finely chopped for an even texture.
  • Sealing Properly: Make sure the edges are sealed properly to prevent the filling from leaking during cooking.


Making momos at home without a steamer is not only feasible but also fun and rewarding. With a few basic ingredients and simple techniques, you can enjoy delicious, homemade momos anytime. Experiment with different fillings and cooking methods to find your perfect combination.

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