Tibetan Momos Recipe

By Saira Malhotra | October 18, 2011

Photo: stephen

Today’s street food dish takes us to the high altitude of Tibet. This is a mystical place with serenity and a spiritual vibe, yaks roaming around, and little children with pink cheeks dressed in woven outfits. Tibetans are humble and their mindset is as far from chaos as their Buddhist way of life. As the saying goes, ‘art imitates life’ and in Tibet, one could say the same about the cuisine. Since there are few crops that grow here, the food is unapologetically basic. Stews made of yak and potatoes, dumpling soups, and noodles are some of the staple dishes.  One of my personal favorites is the Tibetan dumpling ‘momos’ sold on the streets in large vat-like steamers. Momos, similar to dim sum, are pretty parcels of dough wrappers stuffed with ground meat or vegetables. The stuffing ingredients are raw as they cook in their own vapor in the steamer and topped with a tangy chili-garlic tomato chutney called ‘Tsal’. Read More

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