Do you know that one veg momo gives you about 40 calories (240-250 calories from 1 plate)?
Is it difficult for you to resist a plate of momos with spicy chutney and creamy mayonnaise? If yes, then you are definitely a 'Momo Lover'. Momo is a northeastern street food that has become one of the most famous street foods in India in the last 3-4 years. Many experiments are being done with the momos when it comes to flavour. From veg to chicken and paneer to even chocolate, you can find an array of momo variety. Since momos are steamed, some consider it a healthier option than anything fried or greasy. But today, we will learn about the nutritional aspect of street food.
Momos can be considered as one of the healthy options among all the fast foods we usually eat. This is because they include only one harmful ingredient: refined flour (maida). Since it is steamed in less oil, they are much healthier than other fast foods.
The values mentioned above are for one plate of six momos. So if you make momos at home with several different kinds of vegetables, they can be very healthy. But if you buy them from the market, they can be unhealthy for you in many ways. At home, you can even replace the refined flour with whole wheat.
Street food has always been debatable when it comes to hygiene. Momo vendors may not be selling fresh momos or may not be using several hygiene protocols. They are often kept for several hours or days. Momos chutney can have dust particles which can be dangerous for your stomach and health. Street food vendors might be using stale vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, etc., for the stuffing. Besides, momos are often left uncooked, which can be very harmful to your stomach and intestines.
Since there is a lot of maida in the momos, it can be unhealthy in many ways for your body. Nevertheless, if you eat a well-cooked momo, you should do one of these things to burn the calories you receive.
(Medically reviewed by Dr Anuja Gaur, Dietician at Aakash Health Super Speciality Hospital, Dwarka, Delhi)