Craving Momos? 5 Ways To Make Them At Home Without A Steamer

If you love momos, you should totally make them at home! Using a momo steamer is just one of the ways you can make momos; there are many other ways to make momos at home. Since these dumplings mainly need steaming, it’s pretty easy to make them at home. The one thing to keep in mind would be that overcooking or undercooking the momos can affect their texture and taste and oversteaming can result in mushy momos, while under steaming can leave them raw in the centre.

For homemade momos, it’s best to stick to thin bases which can cook quickly so the momo still has its shape during the cooking process. If you want to make more momos at home but don’t have a steamer, try these easy methods.

The Pot and Lid Method with Colander or Sieve Method

You can easily turn a pot and colander into a DIY steamer. Fill a large pot with water, ensuring it doesn't touch the bottom of the colander or sieve. Place the momos on the colander or sieve and cover the pot with a lid. Steam the momos over medium heat until they're cooked through. Remember to roll out thin circles that can be cooked quickly without falling apart.

Using a Microwave

If you're looking for a quick and easy method, microwaving momos can be a great option. This method works best if you have a microwave steamer bowl. Heat water in the microwave-safe glass bowl for 6 min at 100% micro power level. You can also place a greased steamer in the bowl. Place the momos and cover them with a lid. Cook momos for 8 mins at 100% micro power level. 

Pan-Fry and Steam

This method involves pan-frying the momos first and then steaming them to ensure they're fully cooked. Heat a non-stick pan with a lid on medium-high heat. Place the momos in the pan, making sure they're not touching each other. Once the bottoms are lightly browned, add a little water to the pan (about 1/4 cup) and immediately cover with the lid. Allow the momos to steam until they're cooked through and the water evaporates.

Baking In The Oven

Baked momos can be delicious and can offer you more texture-wise. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Bake the Momos: Place the momos on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Lightly brush the momos with oil to prevent them from drying out. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until they're cooked through.

Boiling in Water

Boiling momos in water is a simple and effective method that requires minimal equipment. Once the dough and filling are ready, assemble the momos as instructed earlier. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Gently drop the momos into the boiling water. Cook them for about 8-10 minutes or until they float to the surface and are cooked through. Remove the momos with a slotted spoon and serve. Remember overcooking may dismantle the momos, so make sure you take them out when they’re cooked.