Pan Fried Momos

Pan Fried Momos

I love momos especially pan fried momos with their crisp bottoms. 

Here is a simple way to make pan fried momos and you can check step by step videos here 


Makes approximately 20 momos 

Ingredients for the wrapper 

  • 125 gms flour ( maida ), plus more for rolling and dusting
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1/4 cup of water + 1 tbsp (about 75 ml) 

Make the momo wrapper 

  • Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl 
  • Create a small well and add the water 1tbsp at a time while mixing together.
  • You can use chopsticks, a fork or you hands to mix the water into the flour 
  • Once the dough is well mixed, place it on a floured surface and knead for 15 to 20 mins till it is soft and elastic
  • Cover the dough with a damp towel and let is rest for 30 mins. This is a great time to work on your filling. 
  • Once the dough has rested for 30 minutes, place it on a surface dusted with flour and knead for another 5 mins
  • Roll it out into a large log and cut out equal portions, similar in size or weight. I got 16 wrappers. 
  • Cover the cut portions with a damp towel 
  • Take one and press flat with your palm as you would a roti 
  • Roll it out like a very small roti that is about 1 mm thick and about 4inch diameter. 
  • It doesn’t need to be perfectly round but if you prefer it to be, just cut it with a cup or lid to get a perfect circle
  • Cover the wrappers with a damp cloth to prevent them from drying out

Make the momos 

  • Work with one wrapper at a time.
  • Place a large tablespoon of your filling of choice in the centre of the momo wrapper
  • Dip you finger in a little water and run it over one edge
  • Fold the wrapper in half like a small closed taco
  • Press down the sides firmly
  • Fold the edged like a little fan. You can watch it here 
  • Place the wrapped momos on plate and cover with a damp towel as you prep the remaining momos


Pan fry the momos 

  • In a large non stick pan or well seasoned cast iron pan add about 1 tbsp of oil and heat at medium heat
  • Place the momos with the pleat side up and press them down to flatten the base. 
  • Cook uncovered till the base has a nice brown crisp - about 3 to 4 minutes 
  • Add 1/2 a cup of water for about 8 momos to the pan and cover with a lid 
  • Cook for about 5 - 7 minutes 
  • Uncover and cook till the water dries up and the base of the momos are crisp. 
  • If you want to crisp them more, add a little oil to help crisp them up. 
  • Serve immediately with base side up and my Chinese sweet chilli sauce