Dumpling or Momo, as it is more popularly known has become quite a staple among the street food bandwagon of India. All you momo junkies would surely resonate.
This Tibetan import is relished by everyone, everywhere and there is no specific time and place to gobble on some hot steaming momos. So, glean on our list of lip-smacking Momos across India that will instantly make you travel for a special craving in your tummy.
Chicken and Cheese Momos at Kunga Restaurant, Darjeeling
One of Darjeeling’s most popular restaurants, cozy Kunga’s specializes in Tibetan cuisine. They serve all kinds of momos — both steamed and fried — but the chicken and cheese momos are something special. It’s not a conventional combination but it’s surprisingly good. For a hearty meal, order the steamed momos in hot noodle soup.
Where: Chauk Bazaar, 51 Gandhi Road (near Dekeling Hotel and opposite the giant clock), Darjeeling, West Bengal.
Vegetable Momos at Hot Stimulating Cafe, Darjeeling
Only vegetarian food is served at the Hot Stimulating Cafe because, according to the smiling owner, it’s healthier and easier to digest. Hence, you can expect to find some of the best vegetable momos in India there. Be careful of the chili sauce though, it’s fiery! Devour the momos with some tumba (millet and wheat beer) while looking out over the valley and town. The cafe, which is not much more than a tin shack, is evocatively perched on the side of a steep hill and surrounded by greenery. Want to learn how to make momos? Informal cooking lessons are provided.
Where: Hooker Street, Darjeeling, West Bengal. It’s on the way to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.
Gourmet Rice Flour Momos at Shuffle Momos, Gangtok
Prepare to salivate, as Shuffle Momos offers some of the most mouthwatering momos you’ll ever come across. It’s guaranteed you’ll want to eat them over and over again. These gourmet momos come in 16 varieties — seven vegetarian and nine with meat. Each is prepared with fresh, organic ingredients from Tumlong in North Sikkim. You can also opt to have your momos made out of rice flour. This place is closed on Tuesdays though.
Where: NH10, Deorali Bazaar, Nam Nang Junction, Gangtok, Sikkim.
Stir Fried Momos at Momo I Am, Kolkata
Darjeeling natives Reevu Wangdi and his friend Pravakar Yonzone have taken Kolkata by storm with their authentic momos with a twist. They founded their first outlet of Momo I Am, decorated with funky graffiti on the walls, in 2012. It was such a hit that they’ve gone on to open three more. The newest and largest one is in Gol Park, near Dakshinapan Shopping Center in south Kolkata’s shopping district. All the usual steamed and fried momos are available, and it’s possible to order a momo platter with a mixture of the different varieties. However, the star attraction is momos stir-fried with vegetables in special sauces. Had a big night out? Go for the Hangover Spicy Momos. Some of the momos at Momo I Am also have fusion fillings, such as chili chicken and basil.
Where: 3 Ballygunge Gardens, Gariahat, Golpark, Kolkata
Momos from Northeast India at Dilli Haat, Delhi
Can’t make it all the way to remote Northeast India for momos? Don’t worry because the food stalls at the Dilli Haat food court serve up tasty ones that are the real deal (along with the spicy chutneys). You may not expect it, but this food court is one of the best places to get momos in Delhi. You’ll find half a dozen food stalls representing the Northeast there but Nagaland’s Kitchen and Momo Mia (from Arunachal Pradesh) stand out. The pork momos are a foodie favorite.
Where: Opposite INA Metro Station (Yellow Line), south Delhi
Tandoori Momos at QD’s Restaurant, Delhi
Tandoori cuisine is particularly popular in northern India, where it’s a specialty of the region. Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising that even momos are now being cooked in the tandoor! QD’s Restaurant is frequently credited with coming up with the idea. Chicken and vegetable tandoori momos served with garlic sauce are their signature dish and the smoky tasting dumplings are a lot bigger than the usual size.
Where: 294 Satyaniketan Market, near Venkateshwara College, near Nirman Vihar Metro Station, Delhi
Whole Wheat Momos at JJI Exile Brothers Mama’s Kitchen, McLeod Ganj
The potato momos, made with mashed potato spiced with turmeric, are quite famous. Rarer spinach momos are available too. In addition, Mama’s Kitchen is the only place in the area where it’s possible to get momos made with whole wheat flour. As well as fresh homemade Tibetan food, the restaurant promises the best music in town.
Where: Bhagsu Road, Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
Deep Fried Mutton Momos at Summer Harvest, Leh
Tucked away just off Fort Road, a short distance from the main market, Summer Harvest is frequented by locals and tourists alike. The restaurant is renowned for its deep-fried mutton momos. The minced mutton is wonderfully spiced. Summer Harvest describes itself as a Tibetan restaurant but their Indian dishes are decent too.
Where: Fort Road, Leh, Ladakh
Tibetan special Momos at Tibetan Brothers, Kodaikanal
Surprised? So were we when we stumbled across this quaint little hill station in Tamil Nadu where small Tibetan eateries were busy serving momos. They say that your trip to Kodai is incomplete without tasting the momos of Tibetan Brothers. And the best part is that they make the momos right when you place your order and will serve them hot and juicy with the red and green chutney. Easy on the pocket and heartening for the stomach.
Where: PT Rd, Kodaikanal, India
Pork and Prawn stuffed Momos at Kepchaki Momos, Mumbai
Located in Carter Road Bandra, Kepchaki Momos was started by a hair stylist Milan Thapa, in a bid to recreate the sumptuous dumplings he would get in his village back in Nepal. These tender meat fillings cast in a thin maida moulds are delightful. Kepchaki Momos also has dumplings in vegetarian, pork and prawn variants.
Where: Shop1, Sea Spray, Opposite City Bank ATM, Carter Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
Add these to your checklist when visiting these cities. This is a binge you won’t regret! So, get set to binge on these interesting momo delicacies soon.