Apart from the fact that potatoes are available widely, they are also reasonably priced and loved by kids. Here’s my recipe of potato filled dumplings.
- All purpose flour
- Asian Chives, a small bunch
I still can’t knead exactly enough dough for my potatoes, so I haven’t given any quantity here.
For fill in:
Start by boiling your potatoes in plain water, I used a pressure cooker. Once they are boiled, peel and dice them in a container, a bowl maybe. Add chopped chives (chop them while the potato is boiling, to save time), oil and salt to taste. Mix them well, till the potatoes are mashed.You can taste the filling, to see if it tastes okay. And since we will be steaming the momos, you may add a little more oil than you usually like.
You can use shallots or scallions too. While most prefer onions, I like chives. I didn’t use any spices, but you can always choose to add spices of your choice.
Add water to flour, little at a time and knead into a soft dough. I knead mine while the potatoes were being boiled. You can always knead more flour if you have any left over dumpling fillings. Roll them between your palms into small balls(bigger balls for bigger momos). Now, roll them flat using a rolling pin. Try to shape them round, with thinner edges and thicker centre. If you are in a hurry, you can roll out a big sheet and cut into smaller ones using a glass mouth.
Now, with a spoon, fill in the mashed potatoes in the dumpling skin, and close the openings, you can make them into any shapes, my husband makes the moon shaped momos, while I make the round ones.
Coat the steamer with a layer of oil (any cooking oil, I use soybean oil), and place the dumplings in it, placing them about 3 cms apart from each other. In the mean time, heat water in the base of the steamer (plain water/salted water/with vegetables). If you choose to add vegetables, later on, you can have that water as soup, with the dumplings.
Once the soup boils, place the steamer above that, and check if they are cooked when they smell good.
Serve with chilli/tomato sauce. You can also have it with fish sauce or any sauce of your choice, I like mine with hot chilli paste and soup.