Nepali Chicken Momo

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 30m
Ready In

"This is one of the favorite "fast food" dishes in Nepal. It is a filled dumpling....this one with chicken. Prep time is so long because the filling chills for an hour and dough has to rest for at least 30 minutes."

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (299.9 g)
  • Calories 477.7
  • Total Fat - 13.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 362.9 mg
  • Sodium - 111.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 53.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.3 g
  • Sugars - 1.7 g
  • Protein - 34.2 g
  • Calcium - 50.1 mg
  • Iron - 5.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 8.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg


Step 1

In a large bowl combine the flour, oil, salt and water.

Step 2

Mix well, knead until the dough for about 8-10 minutes.

Step 3

Cover and let stand for at least 30 minutes.

Step 4

Knead well again before making the wrappers.


Step 5

In a large bowl combine all filling ingredients.

Step 6

Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow all ingredients to blend flavors.


Step 7

Give the dough a final knead.

Step 8

Prepare 1-inch dough balls.

Step 9

Take a ball, roll between your palms to spherical shape.

Step 10

Dust your working board with dry flour. On the board, gently flatten the ball with your palm to about a 2 inch circle.

Step 11

Make a few semi-flattened circles and cover with a bowl.

Step 12

Use a rolling pin to roll out each flattened circle into a wrapper.

Step 13

For momo's it is important that the middle portion of the wrapper be slightly thicker than the edges to hold the dumplings together during packing and steaming.

Step 14

Hold the edges of the semi-flattened dough with one hand and with the other hand begin rolling the edges of the dough out, swirling a bit at a time.

Step 15

Continue until the wrapper attains a 3 inch diameter circular shape.

Step 16

Repeat with the remaining semi-flattened dough circles. Cover with a bowl to prevent from drying.


Step 17

Hold the wrapper in one palm; put one tablespoon of the filling mixture and with the other hand bring all edges together to the center, making the pleats.

Step 18

Pinch and twist the pleats to close the stuffed dumpling. This holds the key to good tasting, juicy dumplings.

Step 19

Heat up a steamer and oil the steamer rack well. This will keep the dumplings from sticking.

Step 20

Arrange uncooked momo's in the steamer. Close the lid and allow steaming until the dumplings are cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.

Step 21

Take the dumplings off the steamer and serve immediately.

Step 22

Serve with your preferred chutney

Tips & Variations

  • Steamer with a rack