Nepal and Bhutan

Nepal

Original Word: Mountains
Nationality: Nepali
Language: Nepali
Population: 29,890,686
41st largest country in the world.
Capital: Kathmandu

Bhutan

Original Word: ?
Nationality: Bhutanese
Language: Sharchhopka and Dzongkha
Population: 716,896
165th largest country in the world.
Capital: Thimphu

I decided to do one recipe for both of these countries. Momo dumplings are staple in the Himilayan region. The dough is a simple but there are tons of options for a filling. I decided to go with a veggie filling to save me money. This meal maybe cost me a pound or so. Very, very, very cheap. Great alternative to the dreaded ramen.

Momo Dumplings

Dough:
2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup water

Filling:
1/2 cabbage, shredded
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp oil
pepper

For filling fry the cabbage in the oil for 4 minutes over medium heat. The cabbage should start to develop some color. Add carrot, garlic, and ginger and cook for another two minutes. Add in soy sauce and mix well. Move the mixture to a plate to cool. If the mixture has a lot of liquid make sure to strain it. You want the mixture to be cool so you can handle it later.

Mix dough ingredients together. Knead till you have a smooth dough. It should be like play dough. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes with a cloth covering it to prevent drying out.

Divide dough into 30-36 even balls. Using flour to prevent sticking roll a ball out to a thin circle about 3 inches in diameter. Add tbsp of mixture. Fold together. Take a look at this video to learn how to crimp. Use a little bit of water to make the dough close.

To cook dumplings. Steam them for 6-8 minutes. They should be shiny but not wet to the touch. If you do not have a fancy steamer you can make your own like this:

I just put a cake pan face down in an inch of water with the cover over the dumplings. It acts like a little stage for the dumplings. Serve the dumplings with a 1/2 soy sauce 1/2 mirin dipping sauce. You also have to eat them with chopsticks. It is a rule!

We really enjoyed these and I would make them again (which is saying a lot with me). We actually had a date night in for this meal. We set up a picnic in the spare bedroom. Served the dumplings with tea. While we watched The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. We ate them all which we regretted later. They look small but they are filling. Our date night:

I hope you try them out. Let me know what you thought and whether or not you tried a different filling. In September I will be making gyozas for Japan which will have a pork filling.

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